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  •  sleep is a tricky one (3+ / 0-)
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    People fail to get enough sleep for a multitude of reasons.

    The drugs to tackle this are often ineffective or have side effects.

    Condemn all you want. It is, after all, so much easier than trying to understand

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    by GideonAB on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 08:09:24 AM PST

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    •  I said I wouldn't talk about how I lost weight (8+ / 0-)

      or rather, became healthy, but I will make one exception here. I found out I had sleep apnea-and before anyone says "you had that BECAUSE you were fat"-I had it for a long time, even when I was underweight. My airway is naturally very narrow.

      Once I began treatment, I lost weight without trying. I'm still not quite sure why-I think not being exhausted all the time certainly helped me become more active-but there have been numerous studies that show sleep apnea can cause weight gain (and thus treating it can cause weight loss)

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      by SwedishJewfish on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 08:38:08 AM PST

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      •  Same here (4+ / 0-)
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        I think being overweight does contribute to my apnea,
        but it going untreated definitely added to my weight
        issues.  When you need to get through a nine hour
        workday, and a 1 1/4 hour commute (each way), and
        you're dead exhausted, you (or at least I) start
        drinking LOTS of coffee / Mountain Dew for the
        caffeine, and eating the highest sugar content things
        I could find, just to try and make it through work and
        not fall asleep on the drive home.

        Now that I'm treating the apnea, the bone crushing
        exhaustion has gone away - I can be more active,
        I've cut out the Dew, etc.  It's helping, and I'm down
        20 lbs from my highest weight.  I have a ways to go, but
        slowly getting there.

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        by Avilyn on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 08:45:13 AM PST

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      •  sleep affects (3+ / 0-)
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        hormones.

        When you get better sleep, sometimes you want to eat less.

        Obviously, I cannot say whether this applies to you but I thought I would mention this in case it is helpful

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        by GideonAB on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 08:46:14 AM PST

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      •  I know I started gaining weight in graduate school (1+ / 0-)
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        It certainly stressed me out, I got no sleep, and it was totally sedentary.  I could change little of that for the five years I was in school.  I chose to diet and luckily I am a calories in/calories out person.  I hang around a healthy weight (albeit not quite what this culture wants) and feel perfectly fine.  I think it's good enough because I was able to get off cholesterol and blood pressure meds and my blood sugar is fine.

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        by Smoh on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 09:56:34 AM PST

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      •  Sleep deprivation (1+ / 0-)
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        SwedishJewfish, I read Nurtureshock, by Bronson and Merryman, which summarizes some of the recent research on children from infancy through the teen-age years.

        One of the chapters addressed sleep. On average, North American children now get about one hour less sleep each night than kids got thirty years ago.

        Kids who sleep less are more likely to be heavier.

        Sleep deprivation affects several hormones: deprivation increases the hormone that signals hunger, decreases the hormone that suppresses appetite, and increases cortisol, which tells the body to make fat.

        Why are kids getting less sleep? For some, it is because they have extremely busy schedules. It seems counter-intuitive that kids with fewer activities and more sleep are less likely to be fat.

        Some kids get less sleep for less positive reasons--like living in neighborhoods (or homes) with stressors like violence.

        Some parents mentioned in the book had trouble with the idea that their kids needed sleep more than they needed another sports activity, especially when you're talking about weight.

        So when an adult who has sleep apnea cannot get a good night's sleep, perhaps something similar is going on with hormones that do their work during sleep.  

        There are dozens of factors that affect weight, including some that cannot be altered--like genetics--and some that most of us would never think of, like sleep deprivation.

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