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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In the UK, there are over three million people living with diabetes. 90% of those have type 2. The main risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight or obese. Weight gain increases mass around the neck that will narrow the throat causing the muscles to weaken, restricting the ability to breathe freely. Snoring or sleep apnoea can become a result. Being overweight by only a few kilograms can considerably increase your chances of snoring. You hold the key to managing diabetes by making lifestyle changes.
The International Diabetes Federation have studied a link between type 2 diabetes and sleep apnoea.
These facts are included on their website:
If you’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you’ll need to look after your health from now on. The first step is to look at your diet and lifestyle and make significant changes.
Here are the main areas that you’ll need to look closely at:
If you stay fit and active, you may be able to prevent type 2 diabetes developing by making the above lifestyle changes.
Here at Snoreeze, we believe that sleep is essential. That is why we offer a wide range of snoring relief products to suit everybody. You can visit our products page here and target the main cause of snoring. All products are available online without the need for a prescription.
Studies have found that sleep can affect your weight. Tired people have lower levels of leptin, a chemical that makes you feel full and put the fork down, but hold on – they also found that people with restless nights have high levels of ghrelin, a chemical that makes you hungry. Ghrelin triggers your brain that it’s time to eat.
In our most recent Snoreeze survey, conducted by YouGov, we found out that 51% of women admit that their partner’s snoring disrupts their sleep. That’s a good portion of tired women out there. Not having enough sleep sets your brain up to make bad decisions. This could be the reason why we have late night snacks, ladies. Something we’ve all done.
We also found out that 86% of women have never bought their partner a snoring relief product, either. Just think of the lbs you could lose if you slept 8 hrs a night, uninterrupted from your partners snoring. Here at Snoreeze, we challenge everybody to reclaim their 8 hours’ sleep. Discover why your partner snores in our snoring section or try a Snoreeze product and make it part of their bedtime routine.
Christmas is supposed to be a time for giving, but our YouGov survey revealed that suffering partners across the UK are having their sleep taken from them. The festive season is fast approaching; and there’s more than one reason why it could be about to leave you having sleepless nights.
With the party season upon us, it’s likely that most people will be enjoying a couple of extra drinks over the next few weeks. However, while you are blissfully unaware in your alcohol-induced slumber, you may well be disturbing the sleep of everyone around you. 13% of people in relationships who took part in the YouGov survey said that their partner snores after a tipple. Alcohol leads to relaxed muscle tension in the upper airway. This can lead to narrowed airways, the vibration of soft tissue, and the sound of snoring. Click here to see how drinking alcohol can influence snoring and what you can do to help the problem.
Having a few too many mulled wines isn’t the only thing that could be causing you to snore this Christmas. 16% of those in relationships surveyed said that their partner snores when suffering from a cold or allergies. Colds and a blocked nose can cause snoring as the nasal passages become congested. This congestion limits airflow, increasing air turbulence and making you more likely to snore. Click here to see how having a cold or blocked nose can influence snoring and what you can do to help the problem.
Christmas is a time of indulgence and excess, particularly when it comes to food. Overeating often leads to winter weight gain. Many people don’t realise that being just a few kilograms overweight can really increase your risk of snoring. Extra fat around your neck can cause the upper airways to narrow, limiting your ability to breathe freely. Being overweight can also mean that you do not have the muscle tone necessary to keep your upper airway open while you sleep and prevent vibration of soft tissue in your throat. Click here to see how weight can influence snoring and what you can do to help the problem.
With 22% of those in relationships with a snorer saying that they had slept in separate rooms to give themselves a break from the noise, it is clear that snoring could possibly create relationship difficulties. This kind of relationship stress certainly doesn’t pave the way for a very merry Christmas, and snoring is a problem that couples can no longer afford to ignore.
It is a well-known fact that Santa only comes when you are sleeping, so make sure that snoring doesn’t stop you or your loved ones getting the rest you deserve this Christmas.