Insomnia and how it affects your weight
Insomnia for some time, have been a common experience or medical issue that most people are encountering in the world today. This primarily can be traced to lifestyles and stress that we pass through in our day-to-day activities. The signature symptom of insomnia like you all know is difficulty falling or remaining asleep. There is also a correlation between insomnia and weight gain or weight loss. Read on for better understanding.
However, there is more to insomnia than just sleeplessness or struggling to fall asleep. It can result to serious health complications like:
- Increased risk for illness
- Low energy
- Reduced ability to think or work properly
- Emotional problems
Weight loss may help lessen the symptoms of insomnia in overweight people, but it might increase the risk for insomnia in normal-weight or underweight people.
Seeing that insomnia and body weight go together rather closely, it is important to make sure that you maintain a healthy weight to avoid problems. However, when dealing with insomnia it is important to note some important factors that might come in to play. Those factors are as follows.
1. Emotional factors
It is often overlooked that emotions can have a big effect on your weight. People with insomnia might often feel stressed, anxious, or depressed due to a lack of proper sleep. All these are things that may actually end in either severe weight gain, or severe weight loss. This is because some people turn to “emotional eating” and eat much more and more frequently than usual, whilst other lose weight because when they get emotional they just completely stop eating. Both of these are equally dangerous and should be dealt with as soon as possible!
2. Medical factors
These medical factors includes the following:
Medical complications: This is when weight gain or weight loss occurs due to another underlying ailment like indigestion, sleep apnea, and obesity which can all make it even more difficult at night.
Medications and treatments: Certain medications or treatments can contain things like caffeine, ephedrine, or caffeine which can cause even more problems when trying to fall asleep.
3. Lifestyle Factors
Different lifestyle factors can cause problems that relate back to weight issues and sleeplessness, and some of them are:
Eating too much at night: When you eat a big meal close to bed time, it can lead to weight gain as all the unused energy you get from the food gets stored as fat. It can also cause insomnia due to discomfort or indigestion when you eat too much at night.
Exercise: Too little exercise may leave you with built up energy which can make it very difficult to sleep. Exercise after work could be a great help for using up some extra energy and being a bit more sleepy when you get to bed.
Also read: Good habits that makes a man stay healthy
Treatment of Insomnia
The best way to treat insomnia is by taking it on at its roots. You should make sure to get into a healthy eating schedule, a regular exercise routine, and also cut out the foods that you know keep you up at night.
Controlling your weight can also help a lot with getting better rest, thus it is important to keep a healthy bodyweight.
Help with Weight Loss
If you struggle to lose weight, you might have a digestive health problem due to high stress levels or the use of chronic medication. You first need to address your digestive flora, which can take a while before you see results.
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