The Sleep – Obesity Connection
In the last few decades in the United States, we have seen a marked rise in the number of people who are considered obese by medical professionals. Obesity occurs when someones weight is much higher than what would be considered healthy for their height and frame.
People who are obese or struggling to maintain a healthy weight are more likely than the average person to suffer from various health concerns, such as high blood pressure and Type II diabetes. Children in particular, can be affected by various health concerns at a very young age, which will continue to affect them for the rest of their lives.
Studies have shown that being sleep deprived causes our bodies to pack on pounds in a variety of ways. Poor sleep can change our hunger hormones, leading to a decrease in Leptin and an increase in Ghrelin. These changes stimulate one’s appetite, telling the body to produce fat and to grow.
It was found that about one quarter of people are hungrier after a poor night of sleep; specifically, a third craved high carbohydrates and fatty foods when they were tired. These foods give us a boost in energy but leave us feeling hungrier sooner. These feelings of hunger lead to overeating.
How Prana Can Help!
If you are struggling to maintain a healthy weight or have been diagnosed as Obese, visit Prana to keep track of any health concerns you may be prone to. Dr Rahul Kakkar of Prana Health is certified in obesity medicine, making him an ideal person to help you determine the factors that are affecting your health, and devise a solution for you. Contact us today to improve your life in crucial ways.
Could My Child Be Suffering?
The sleep-weight correlation is not restricted to adults. Researchers have found that children as young as two years old can see dramatic changes in their weight if they do not get adequate sleep. All too often, parents dismiss poor sleep in their children as just one of those things. Even if they reach out to their pediatrician, not all general practitioners are educated enough about the connections between sleep, metabolism and weight, to refer them to a sleep specialist when necessary.