Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

SHORT SLEEP DURATION AND WEIGHT GAIN REPORTED IN THE JOURNAL OF SLEEP DISORDER RESEARCH

An article in the February 2010 Journal Sleep reported that short sleep duration was associated with weight gain in ,ale patients after 1 year. This effect did not carry over to female patients. In the study 5.8% of non-obese men with short sleep became obese 1 year later. Dhort sleep duration was defined as 5-6 hours of sleep vs 7-8 hours of sleep as reference group. There was also higher of obesity in groups showing short sleep duration.

Previous studies have shown weight gain associated with obstructive sleep apnea. Other studies consistently show that weight gain also increases obstructive sleep apnea. The world health organization describes obesity as on of the most visible and neglected public health problems. The effects of sleep duration and quality are an important factor in obesity. Obesity to some extent must be considered a disease of inadequate or poor quality sleep and quality of sleep is adversely affected by obesity.

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posted by Dr Shapira at 7:00 AM