There’s no arguing that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the US. A simple walk down any American street reveals that as many as 75 percent of the people are overweight. That’s 2 out of every 3 people! And what’s worse, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 33 percent of these people are obese (1).
What is not as apparent, however, is that insomnia and other sleep disturbances have also reached epidemic levels. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorders (2). That’s about 1 in 3 American adults that are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis (3). This, coincidently, is about the same percentage of people who suffer from obesity. Is this just a coincidence? Researchers say no.
The Sleep/Weight Connection
According to the CDC, there has been a significant increase in hospital discharges for a number of obesity-related medical conditions. Discharges for sleep apnea alone have increased 436 percent! And that’s just in children.
An estimated 18 million American adults have sleep apnea, a condition often associated with excess weight. And the reason is simple according to researchers. As you gain weight, especially in your trunk and neck area, the risk of sleep-disordered breathing increases because of compromised respiratory function, which makes it harder to breathe.
It’s A Two-Way-Street
The problem is that obesity not only contributes to sleep problems like sleep apnea, but sleep problems can also contribute to obesity. It’s is vicious cycle. And scientists at the University of Chicago have further shown that when you build up a “sleep debt” over a matter of days, it can actually impair your metabolism and disrupt your hormone levels (4). This, in turn, affects your ability to process glucose (sugar) in your blood, which can eventually lead to diabetes among other serious health issues (5).
Another study shows that short sleepers (people who get less than 6 hours a night) experience hormonal changes such increased cortisol levels that can affect their future body weight and impair long-term health. In fact, these people need to make 30 percent more insulin than normal sleepers according to the study.
Elevated blood sugar levels ultimately lead to insulin overproduction and eventually insulin resistance, which is the starting point of obesity in most cases. We also know that high levels of the stress hormone cortisol increases visceral fat. Researchers call this whole phenomenon “the royal route to obesity.” (6)
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