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When sleep loss leads to weight gain

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

We lose sleep for all kinds of reasons. We also gain weight for all kinds of reasons. 

However, when it comes to either concern, there's a well-established association between insufficient sleep and obesity.

While there are a multitude of factors that determine whether these two are linked for any particular individual, the odds still suggest that losing sleep is one of the main reasons why we are overweight. 

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When you come to the intersection of sleep apnea and obesity

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Many people associate sleep apnea with being overweight, and to a certain extent, it's true. 

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be caused by the bodily conditions that obesity can bring (although being overweight is not the only cause). 

Meanwhile, perfectly thin people can also suffer from sleep apnea as well. It might be because they have a neurological condition that leads to central sleep apnea.

Or, they might have problems with the structure of the upper airway (such as a deviated septum) which could make it more likely for them to develop a sleep breathing disorder.

In any event, lost sleep by whatever cause can also lead to unwanted weight gain. Meanwhile, American is getting heavier with each passing year. 

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