Sleep deprivation and bad quality sleep have been linked to weight gain for years. But new research gives us much clearer reasons for why that is. Here are the five most common explanations for why you might have put on a few pounds...
1) Poor sleep is interfering with your appetite. A lack of sleep messes with the hormones that trigger and put a dampener on your appetite. A bad night’s sleep could dull the effectiveness of peptide 1, a hormone produced in your intestine that encourages you to feel full. Similarly, it could also promote the production of ghrelin, the hormone that makes you feel hungry. This leaves you with an appetite that can be hard to satisfy, even when you’ve eaten enough food.
2) Being tired makes eating feel extra pleasurable. When you’re sleep deprived, levels of endocannabinoids in your brain increase. These compounds are linked directly to your appetite, and they work on the reward system of your brain – meaning you get feelings of pleasure when you eat. (THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, also turns on these compounds. That’s why people tend to “get the munchies”.)
3) Lack of sleep messes with your gut bacteria. Changes to your gut bacteria can mess with your ability to process nutrients. During the Swedish study, scientists noticed that after just two days of sleep loss, the volunteers’ bacteria mirrored those seen in the guts of obese people.
4) Poor quality sleep makes you burn fewer calories. While studying a volunteer group, the research team found that the men burned 5-20% fewer calories after a night of no sleep. This calorie-burning was included in tasks as basic as breathing and digesting food.
5) Skimping on sleep makes you an impulsive eater. Being sleep deprived doesn’t just affect your body – it affects your eating habits too. The research team found that when people were tired, they bought food higher in calories and quantity than when they were well-rested. This is probably because sleep deprivation impairs your higher-level thinking – it boosts your chances of being impulsive.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that most adults get between 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Make sure nothing is disturbing your sleep; you could see big changes in your weight and your health.
Everyone should check their critical measurements to find out if their weight is impacting their efforts to stop snoring or is in fact making the problem worse!
Overweight and obesity is measured on a scale called the Body Mass Index (BMI). A measurement of fat stored in your body. If you have a high BMI it definitely will not help!
Excess fat puts pressure on your body’s system when you sleep. Fat around your neck causes the airways of your nose and throat to collapse, constricting the airways. The extra effort just to keep breathing causes the side of your airways to rub harshly together, making the sound we know as snoring.
Your collar size is also an indicator. Research shows that women with a collar size of more than 16 inches and men with a neck size of more than 17 inches are more likely to suffer the more serious snoring disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). OSA is being linked to many serious long term diseases including heart attack, stroke, diabetes and dementia.
Getting close to a normal range BMI is the one top tip from the NHS to stop snoring. Anything that helps you to keep you breathing freely and easily whilst you sleep will help relieve your snoring problem. Snoreeze can help.
Snoreeze nasal and throat spray; directly targeting snoring caused by colds, allergies or a block nose. A unique blend of effective ingredients ease congestion and soreness for easy breathing and a peaceful night’s sleep.
Just like the breathing aids used by athletes, Snoreeze nasal strips help and support the nostrils. Keeping your nostrils open helps air to flow more easily in and out of your nasal passages.
For loud snoring and the relief of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, the reusable Snoreeze Oral Device stops your airways collapsing whilst you sleep. Keeping your jaw in the best position for easy breathing, the tissues are prevented from rasping together ending your snoring problem.
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