Sleep Disorders and Weight Gain | What to Do

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Many people tend to experience weight gain even when they have been eating right and exercising regularly. The cause could be inadequate sleep. An increasing number of researchers now point towards a link between sleep disorders and weight gain. Over time, this can become a vicious cycle where insufficient sleep causes weight gain, and then overweight or obesity contributes to poor sleep or conditions such as sleep apnea.

The result is that many people who complain of problems caused by sleep loss are also overweight. Sleep deprivation makes it more difficult for an individual to shed excess weight. Bariatric surgery is an effective solution for such people to get rid of excess weight and restore healthy sleep. Dr. Wiljon Beltre provides weight loss surgeries to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and surrounding locations.


Hormonal Balance and Sleep

Two important hormones involved in weight gain or loss are ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin tells the body to “go eat.” When a person is sleep deprived, the body produces more of this hormone. Leptin tells the body to “stop eating” because the stomach is full and satisfied. A sleep deprived person’s body will tend to produce less of leptin.

The net effect of both these conditions is that the person eats more and continues to gain weight because of the hormonal imbalance that was induced in the first place by sleep deprivation. Dr. Beltre is a well-known bariatric surgeon offering cutting edge procedures to reduce weight and help the patient regain their health and sleep.

Healthy weight can help to restore a good night’s sleep, which in turn, will help calm hormonal upheavals. The body will stop fighting an internal battle against itself and losing weight will get progressively easier as the negative cycle is broken and a positive weight loss and healthy sleep cycle is initiated. Another benefit of healthy sleep will be that an adequately rested patient will be able to exercise more vigorously, and reduce more weight over time.


Treating Sleep Apnea with Weight Loss

Overweight or obese people will often suffer from a troublesome condition called sleep apnea. If sleep apnea is left untreated for long, it can pose risks to the health. One of the most sustainable solutions to sleep apnea is to reduce weight. This will help to eliminate the problem from the root, and produce permanent benefits.

Bariatric surgery is a marvelous and necessary procedure to reduce a significant amount of weight. Patients will persistent sleep apnea problem will find lasting relief once their body weight has been restored to more normal levels. Improvement in sleep apnea will be immediately visible as a patient begins to lose weight. In many cases, the problem of sleep apnea will disappear completely.

As sleep apnea is addressed, the person will be able to enjoy more sound sleep. This will restore hormonal levels, reduce fatigue, and the person will feel encouraged to eat less and exercise more. The overall effect will be further weight loss and consolidation of the results achieved through bariatric surgery. Dr. Beltre receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and nearby areas for weight loss surgery.


To find out more about the procedures & treatments performed by Orlando Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Wiljon Beltre, at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Call 321-499-6505 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.

Please note: If the weight is regained, conditions could return.

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