These days our weight is a common topic of discussion. Weight issues are often talked about in the news as well as in your doctor’s office. And we’re willing to bet you think about them at home, too. At Ohio Chest Physicians, we also think about weight on a regular basis. In fact, we specialize in treating the sleeping problems that weight can cause or contribute to. Through treating these sleeping disorders directly, we can help patients regain their health by breathing better and resting easier.
If you are concerned about how your weight may be affecting your sleep, we encourage people to contact our team. Formed in January of 1997, Ohio Chest Physicians, LTD., is a thriving independent pulmonary practice. Our doctors are all trained and board certified in both internal medicine and pulmonary medicine. Most importantly, we will do all we can to provide you with the best care possible!
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Studies have long shown a connection between an increase in body weight and a decrease in sleep quality. Additionally, heavier individuals tend to report more problems getting a good night’s rest.
However, it's not always clear which health issue causes the other. For example, people who are overweight are more likely to suffer from insomnia. And in some cases, excess weight absolutely interferes with a patient’s ability to sleep soundly. However, a lack of quality sleep may sometimes contribute to weight gain itself. This is because sleep deprivation and exhaustion lead to overeating. The less we sleep, the more “off” our hormones can become - and this can trigger excessive cravings for unhealthy foods.
While it’s hard to confirm whether obesity creates a sleeping issue (or vice versa), studies do show that being overweight absolutely worsens the symptoms of a sleeping disorder. Excess weight can disrupt a patient's breathing patterns, leading to snoring and sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea.
In addition to affecting our energy levels, moods, and cravings, a chronic lack of sleep has been linked to a higher risk of developing serious health issues. These include:
Obesity is also linked to a higher risk of developing these health issues. If a patient is both overweight and suffering from poor sleep, it’s very important that they speak to a doctor about what can be done to improve their health.
Working with a family doctor as well as a sleep specialist is a must when dealing with weight-related sleep disorders. By working with these two types of healthcare providers, patients will be in a better position to make long-term positive changes while also addressing their current health and comfort levels.
One of the first things doctors will recommend is living a healthier lifestyle. Research shows that an active lifestyle and nutritious meals can assist with weight loss and improve a patient’s quality of sleep. Additionally, healthier habits can help reduce the risk of health conditions associated with poor quality sleep (ex. Heart disease, high blood pressure, etc.).
While exercise supports a healthier state of being overall, and a better diet supports weight loss, it’s also important to treat a sleeping disorder and its symptoms as soon as possible. For example, while sleep apnea can be improved via exercise and weight loss, it’s important to treat the sleep apnea itself as soon as possible. Doing so will help a patient find relief from their fitful nights - and will go further in supporting their exercising and weight loss efforts!
At Ohio Chest Physicians, LTD., our doctors are board-certified specialists in pulmonary, critical care, sleep, and internal medicine. In addition to offering care via our multiple offices, we work directly with the West Region Sleep Center to conduct patient sleep testing.
The Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) - this certifies that the Center meets or exceeds all AASM standards for professional, quality health care. Center physicians are specialists in the field of sleep medicine, and Center sleep technicians are aided by the latest in diagnostic technology.
To look into any sleeping issues properly, we will refer you to the Center for an overnight observational test. In the event of a referral, the Center will report its findings back to us for additional follow-up care at your Ohio Chest Physicians office of choice. This follow-up care is likely to include prescribing tools designed to provide relief from sleeping disorders, such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy machine.
In short, patients can always rest easy knowing they’re in qualified hands when working with Ohio Chest and our partner Center!