Does Weight Control Affect Sleep?

Sleep is a vitally important human function. There is great variation of exactly how much sleep is required from person to person and some of the major contributory factors are gender and age. Personally, I have seen my sleep requirements diminish as I have aged. What once was a 7 hours requirement has now diminished to 5 hours (hence these blogs being written at 4 AM).

There are two aspects of the “sleep experience” that need to be considered: the length of sleep as well as the quality of the sleep. Concerning quality of sleep, if someone is up every 2 hours to use the restroom or finds her/himself tossing and turning in bed stressing out about things and looking at the alarm clock every hour, good rest is not being achieved.

Turning our attention to weight control, excessive weight leads to an increase in risk of snoring, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.   All of these reduce the length and quality of sleep. Additionally, if an overweight/obese person is suffering from back or other joint pains due, in part to the poor weight control, the pain itself will reduce the length and quality of sleep.

How are your sleep patterns? If the answer is “not so great”, then this provides yet another reason why weight control should be a major focus.

Author
Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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