Bariatric Surgery and Improved Sleep

May 2, 2018 — by Liza Pompa, MD
Tags: Bariatric Surgery

Photo of young man sleeping comfortably on bed with white sheetsQuality sleep is absolutely crucial for overall wellness. During the sleep cycle, the body rests and repairs itself. As a result, there is a reduction in stress, an increase in energy, enhanced hormone production, and more. Patients who suffer from obesity are at a much higher risk for sleep deprivation. 

At LIMARP, serving Tijuana, MX and San Diego, CA, our doctors can help patients improve their quality of sleep through various types of bariatric surgery. Here, we discuss bariatric surgery and improved sleep, and discuss how undergoing treatment at our facility can improve your quality of life - physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

How Obesity Relates to Sleep Quality

Patients who are overweight can have a more difficult time resting comfortably during sleep. Additionally, obesity can place excess stress on the body. As a result, the additional stress affects quality of sleep. In other cases, patients struggling with obesity may be more likely to develop heartburn or other conditions that could impede a restful night. 

It makes sense that obesity could lead to poor sleep. But it also works the other way around. In fact, quality sleep leads to improved metabolism, stress management, hunger reduction, and more. Therefore, a lack of sleep can actually result in increased body weight. 

Together, obesity and poor sleep quality can have a serious negative impact on your work, your mood, and your level of energy.

Obesity and Sleep Apnea

One of the leading causes of obstructive sleep apnea is obesity. When weight is gained, the soft tissues near the back of the throat can become enlarged. When the body relaxes, these tissues can actually collapse over the airway and significantly reduce the amount of oxygen the body receives. Untreated sleep apnea can ultimately lead to a host of serious health complications, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and more. In many cases, losing weight is the only treatment necessary for eliminating sleep apnea symptoms, which often include:

  • Waking up with a sore throat
  • Chronic headaches
  • Severe snoring
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Mood changes or irritability
  • Lack of concentration

Of course, patients do not undergo bariatric surgery solely to treat sleep apnea. However, reducing the harmful effects of this sleep disorder is certainly a notable advantage of treatment.

How Bariatric Surgery Can Improve Your Quality of Sleep

If sleep disorders are directly related to obesity, it makes sense that losing weight can significantly improve quality of sleep. Patients who undergo bariatric surgery often see a noted difference since their progress is usually substantial. 

A study conducted in 2016 reports that patients who underwent gastric sleeve bypass experienced significantly improved sleep just six months after surgery. Another 2012 research study states that post-operative bariatric patients consistently report enjoying an increase in sleep quality and quantity, resulting in overall health improvement. 

Additionally, as patients continue to lose weight, energy levels increase. This will ultimately lead to better cognitive clarity, focus, reduced stress, and more. 

Contact Us to Learn More

There are many reasons to consider bariatric surgery. An improvement in sleep quality is just one of them. When you lose weight, your whole quality of life can improve. 

To learn more about your treatment options at LIMARP, call us at (866) 585-3298 or contact us online anytime. Our doctors can design a fully personalized weight loss plan to improve your health and longevity. 

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