4. Weight Gain
If weight gain didn’t cause you to get sleep apnea, you might experience weight gain directly as a result of sleep apnea. This is for several reasons. To start, sleep apnea prevents you from getting a restful night of sleep. Eventually, you will feel sleep deprived which will impact your energy levels during the day. This means you likely won’t have the energy to exercise.
In addition, sleep deprivation can affect your hunger hormone levels. The hormone responsible for suppressing your appetite, leptin, will decrease which means your stomach won’t know when it’s full. Ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates your appetite, raises which makes you feel hungrier. The combined effect will result in overeating and craving calorie-dense foods. Eventually, the lack of exercise and increased calorie intake will lead to weight gain.