Sleep apnea weight gain adds to your risk of developing debilitating and deadly diseases, such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and obesity. Research confirms sleep and weight gain are connected.
Listen to this morning's discussion (June 13, 2012) with Matt Galloway host on CBC's Metro Morning (Toronto, Canada) with Dr. Peter Lin on new research suggesting that both obesity and depression are major causes of daytime sleepiness.
There's also a great explanation on the reason why high calorie foods are craved when we are sleep deprived.
And if you are overweight, you are significantly at risk for sleep disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Insomnia.
However, these sleep disorders are not limited to only those who are overweight. Even though I've always maintained a healthy weight, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and struggled with insomnia.
One thing I have done for a long time to maintain my healthy weight is to eat grapefruit when I get a snack craving. Grapefruit helps me get over the addictive and unhealthy sugar craving. And more recently I noticed that I sleep better when I eat grapefruit.
Many people suffering from insomnia or sleep apnea weight gain can relate to the urge to snack when they are not able to sleep. When we are sleep deprived, our ghrelin (produced in the gastrointestinal tract) and leptin (produced in fat cells) hormones are affected -- our ghrelin levels rise, making us feel hungry. That's why we feel an uncontrollable urge to snack.
Along with a rise in ghrelin, our leptin levels diminish. Normal leptin levels signal the brain when we are full or satisfied after we've eaten. When
our leptin hormone level is low, no matter what we eat, it simply is
not enough. We are driven to try everything and anything to curb our
If you have undiagnosed sleep apnea weight gain is shown to be caused by disrupted sleep and being unable to curb those insatiable snacking urges. But when you snack on grapefruit, the high fiber and low glycemic rating has a beneficial effect on both your sleep and weight gain.
I used to wonder why my sugar and snack cravings vanished after I ate grapefruit. I have since found scientific evidence to support why grapefruit is such a good replacement for high sugar and caloric snacks.
In research headed by Dr. Ken Fujioka, principal researcher at the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center at Scripps Clinic, it was found that grapefruit has a balancing effect on the ghrelin and leptin hormones, lowers insulin levels and increases weight loss.
Dr. Fujioka stated: "Our study shows grapefruit can play a vital role in overall health and wellness, and in battling America's ever-growing obesity epidemic".
So the high fibre in grapefruit, important for a healthy diet,
quickly allows me to feel full and satisfied. Whether eating as a midday
snack or before bedtime, it curbs my sugar cravings. And that's another
great benefit of grapefruit -- its low glycemic load does not cause
the dangerous spiking effect on blood sugar that sugar snacks cause. (The
smaller the insulin spikes, the better the body processes what we've
eaten into energy -- that means it's not turned into fat.)
A joint research project between the Stanford University in California and the University of Wisconsin, showed that when you don't get enough sleep, the effects of out-of-balance leptin and ghrelin hormones has a negative effect on both sleep and weight.
The study showed that the volunteers who slept less than eight hours a night had lower leptin levels and higher ghrelin levels. And, those who slept the least, had the highest levels of body fat and weighed more!
The University of Chicago also found in their research that when sleep was restricted leptin levels went down and ghrelin levels went up. The volunteers' appetites increased along with cravings for high carbohydrate and calorie-dense food, incredibly by 45%!
Even though I never had a sleep apnea weight issue, I do know that maintaining a healthy weight is critical for a long and vital life. I also know how much quality sleeping contributes to living life to the fullest. Since overcoming my sleep apnea I feel I'm a new woman living a very active, healthy and medication-free life.
If you too are interested in improving your health, sleep apnea weight issue or other sleep and weight gain challenges by eating grapefruit or other low glycemic food, this article is continued here.
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