Weight Loss Aids May Promote Weight Gain by Interfering with Sleep

The weight loss industry makes billions in profits by offering dieting aids that work by reducing appetite. That said, according to a recent commentary appearing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, these products could actually increase weight gain by promoting insomnia.

Weight Loss and Sleep

The CMAJ recently published expert commentary that pointed toward numerous studies suggesting that sleep is critical to weight management. In fact, it appears to be so important, the Canadian Obesity Network has encouraged physicians to prescribe “adequate sleep” as part of their treatment plans for obese patients.

Past research has uncovered a significant association between weight gain and poor sleep. Unfortunately, because many dieting aids contain appetite suppressing stimulants, they may actually hamper weight loss by keeping people up at night.

Weight Loss and Sleep Apnea

Obesity is particularly problematic for people who suffer from sleep apnea, since being overweight tends to worsen the condition. Additionally, many weight loss supplements are unsafe for sleep apneics, who tend to have breathing problems while they sleep.

Health professionals know that weight loss can help reduce the severity of sleep apnea in many people; however, to lose weight, patients need to get more rest. An effective sleep apnea treatment can promote weight loss by helping sleep apneics get longer periods of restorative, uninterrupted sleep. To learn how you can put an end to your sleep apnea symptoms, contact Dr. Roubal's office today.