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.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sleep Apnea and Body Mass Index

A recent study has now shown that length and quality of sleep is linked directly to a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI). The study found that on average, people sleeping less than normal had a BMI index about 4 points higher than a “normal” sleeper.

In addition to these findings, the study also found that “short sleepers” have a harder time falling asleep in general. Despite sleeping less, short sleepers tended to also be about 25% more active than long sleepers during the day and spent almost 1,000 more calories during the day.

This is interesting because it shows that a long, restful night sleep can be even more beneficial than we once thought. People who sleep longer and more soundly use fewer calories but tend to have a lower BMI.

People suffering from sleep apnea can wake up many times during the night because their body needs oxygen. These countless repetitions of waking up momentarily and going back to sleep can cause many other sleep apnea dangers in addition to a higher BMI.

If you or your spouse is suffering from snoring or sleep apnea and are ready to correct the problem, please contact Gurnee, Illinois sleep apnea dentist, Dr. Ira Shapira, to find out the best way to treat your obstructive sleep apnea.

posted by Lynn at 7:35 AM