Sleep Apnea May Contribute to Obesity

Bill Teneyck as always battled the bulge.

He has suffered three heart attacks, and watched the numbers on the scale go up and down, like a yo-yo.

Bill's cardiologist could not figure out why his weight was fluctuating.

So, he suggested a sleep specialist. "I made the assumption that my fatigue and my inability to do things was because my heart was just failing," Bill explains.

Bill was diagnosed with sleep apnea. His tests found that some nights, he stopped breathing 33 times in one hour.

He was not getting rest, and that was not helping his weight.

Not only does a lack of sleep zap your energy, but studies have found those who suffer from sleep deprivation eat more.

Doctors say chaotic sleeping patterns tend to develop chaotic eating habits that can mess up your metabolism, and cause you to burn fewer calories.

Researchers also found those who got four hours or less of sleep a night saw a rise in the hormone Grehlin, that stimulates the appetite, causing people to eat. Dr. Thomas Lorusso of Sleep Diagnostic Center says, "They got these patients to sleep better, using various sleep hygiene techniques, and when they repeated the levels of these hormones, they found that the level diminished significantly."

Today, Bill is working on keeping the pounds off.

He uses a C-pap device to help regulate his breathing.

It blows air through his nose and keeps his airwaves open.

He says it has been a lifesaver.

For once in his life, he is getting a good night's sleep.

Sleep apnea is just one cause of sleep deprivation.

Stress can also lead to insomnia.

So what can you do to get more zzz's?

Try waking up and going to sleep at the same time every day, even on weekends.

Avoid caffeine after 2:00 PM.

Keep the bedroom quiet.
No working, and no TV in bed.

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