Sleep Apnea is a very serious situation in which people stop breathing during the night. That in itself is an extremely important cause for concern. What people do not know is that due to your decreased time sleeping, and poor sleep patterns you also become sleep deprived. Once of the ramifications of sleep deprivation was increased eating and weight gain. It seems funny that being tired can cause you to eat more, and subsequently gain weight ; however, a recent study done at Columbia University found that people who are sleep deprived wound up eating an average of an extra 300 calories per day. They reported this study on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at a meeting of the American Heart Association. The full article can be found at http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/story/2011/03/Sleep-deprived-people-eat-300-more-calories-a-day/45227686/1.
In addition to eating more the article also quotes Gina Lundberg, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association and a preventive cardiologist in private practice in Atlanta, says she thinks it’s possible that sleep deprivation provides a “double whammy” for weight gain — that is, people not only eat more when they’re tired but also may be less likely to exercise. “When you’re tired, you’re less motivated to exercise. You just want to go home and go to bed,” she says.
So not only does sleep apnea lead to the possibility of death from not breathing, but it can also lead to obesity from lack of good sound sleep.