Is poor sleep making it hard to eat healthily?
Are you a tired Texas resident who struggles to eat a healthy diet? Did you know that inadequate sleep can disrupt hormonal balance causing individuals to gain weight?
When folks don’t get enough sleep, it can be harder to stick to a low-fat, nutritious eating plan. When you feel sluggish and tired, it’s easy to give in to cravings for sweets and use caffeine to keep going. This can lead to more weight gain. It can become a vicious cycle of poor sleep and poor food choices.
Most Friendswood doctors recommend at least seven hours of sleep each night. But various circumstances such as depression, stress, anxiety, poor health, loud surroundings, and overindulgence in alcohol and caffeine can prevent a good night’s sleep.
Perhaps you aren’t affected by any of these conditions.
What if you try to get a good night’s sleep but still feel tired during the day?
You may have a condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a malady where you have frequent, intermittent gaps in breathing while you sleep. These delays can last for up to 60 seconds. The lapse in breathing is caused by soft tissue in the back of the throat that relaxes and cuts off the airway.
This dissatisfactory sleep can cause a multitude of serious health issues. Difficulty maintaining a healthy weight is only one of them. Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
- Loud snoring
- Unexpected awakenings where you are choking or feel “out of breath”
- Pauses in breathing while sleeping (as evidenced by another person noticing the behavior)
- Sore throat or dry mouth after sleeping
- Uneasy sleep
- Falling asleep while performing normal daily activities
- Inability to concentrate during the day
Do you have any of these symptoms? Sleep apnea may be the reason you can’t get healthy sleep.
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