Is Your Obesity Ruining Your Sleep More than It Should?

May 12, 2022

Obese woman having sleeping disorder
Christopher Boise

Being overweight has many problems, but it’s even worse when it affects your sleep.

Having a healthy lifestyle is what a lot of people strive for more than in the previous 20 years. We want to live longer, experience life and have more energy to keep up with our kids. Not everyone has it easy when it comes to being healthy. Being obese can be triggered by many things. Mental health, past abuse, and sometimes even stress can be a big contributor to why people tend to pack on pounds.

There are many people out there who want to slim down but have trouble with the fight they have going on inside of them. Unfortunately, we also live in a world where vanity is more towards the slimmer and more attractive people but in the last few years, people of bigger sizes have been able to come out into the spotlight.

health risks that come with being obese

We as a society tend to look at obesity as a sickness that needs to be cured. Sure, it is in itself a sickness or an illness but approaching it to be on the “better looking” side of life should never be a goal one should have when looking to become healthier. One thing to take into consideration is the many health risks that come with being obese. Many people don’t know that just by being overweight you may be putting yourself at risk for:

• Heart disease

• High blood pressure

• Potential heart attack later in life

• Bad to severe lower back pain

• More struggle with mental health issues

sleep apnea

One of the most severe symptoms that people get while being obese is sleep apnea. The Mayo Clinic states that: “Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night's sleep, you might have sleep apnea.

The main types of sleep apnea are:

• Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax

• Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing

• Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea

If you think you might have sleep apnea, see your doctor. Treatment can ease your symptoms and might help prevent heart problems and other complications.” Dealing with this is bad enough as it is, but one thing could also be contributing to it more than you think.

Having to go through the struggles of sleep apnea and not being able to sleep comfortably can cause issues. You may develop some further issues down the road. Sleep is so vital for us to live a healthier life. We need sleep to recharge our body after the many waking hours of work, home life, and even just our casual day-to-day. Your body does so much work for you during the day that if you are not getting enough sleep, then you are forcing your body to work harder on much lower energy.

The goal of sleeping of course is just that, sleeping. We all wish it was easy to just instantly fall asleep as soon as our head hits the pillow but that rarely happens. One thing to consider is not when or how long you are sleeping, but how you are sleeping. How you are sleeping can be more of a contributing factor than you think.

adjustable bed base

The biggest thing that will help or even possibly do more harm than good is what you sleep on. Many people have a normal way to sleep such as on a mattress. Sometimes having something on the mattress additionally like memory foam, memory sleep pillows, or even quilted foam for the mattress itself. While these can help, they aren’t the best solution during your struggles with obesity or sleep apnea. One of the best things you can do for your sleep during this time or really during any time is using an adjustable bed base. An adjustable bed base does many things for your health while you sleep. Some of those things include:

• Helping you lighten the effects of back pain

• Alleviating your sleep apnea, asthma, and snoring

• Lowering your chances of acid reflux and heartburn

• Easing your insomnia

• Improving your digestion

• Enhancing your body’s circulation

• Helping you lighten the effects of leg swelling

• Enhancing your lifestyle and furthering your independence physically

adjustable bed base

Considering those are just a small amount of the things that your body will get from an adjustable bed base, it seems very worth it. Sure, getting an adjustable bed base might be more expensive than the average bed frame or regular mattress, but what you are doing is not only investing in sleeping better but investing in your future health. Little things that affect your health can worsen over time or even cause serious health issues. Preventing those things from happening early will end up paying for the adjustable bed base tenfold.

If you think about it regarding cost and numbers, an adjustable bed base will cost so much less than many visits to the doctor’s office throughout the rest of your life. There is a balance to having an adjustable bed base when you think of it in these terms. You are chipping away at health problems you have, as well you are spending less money having to continuously get help at a doctor’s office. As we all know, going to the doctor’s even once can be a pain, let alone having to go many times.

The best thing to take away from this is to listen to your body (whether you are obese or not) and make sure you do what is best for you. Sometimes it is hard to know exactly what your body might be saying but taking some measures beforehand will end up setting you up for exactly what you need. Let your new adjustable bed base do that for you now and for years to come.

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