Obesity and sleep disorders:
Being overweight and sleeping has close links as well as inter-dependency on
each other. It is said that the less we sleep the more we are at the risk of
getting obesity. A recent study conducted in this regard reveals that the number
of hours slept has an influence on the risk of obesity. It is also known that
obesity is a major factor in sleep apnea, and is often listed as one of the main
causes. Sleep apnea is one of the major sleep disorders that causes sleep
deprivation, and, of course, the more sleep deprived a person becomes, the less
active he or she is. However there are many reasons that we need before we
realize the importance of sleep in our lives. Anything less than the seven to
nine hours’ sleep we need is asking for trouble that can literally impact
our lives. Even it could lead to a loss of physical and mental health, to poor
memory, poor coordination, and now, to weight gain and obesity.
How to control weight:
Obesity is a disease of excess body fat that can be characterized by a body mass
index of 30+ – and the risk factors and contributory causes include a range of
well-documented genetic and environmental factors. However the relative effect
of these causes on the development of obesity remains unclear. Prior to any
examinations it should be noted that obesity, especially severe clinical obesity
like morbid or malignant obesity, carries greater risks of morbidity and
premature mortality than simple overweight. In such cases it is commonly found
out that excess body fat on the neck and chest constricts the air-passageways
and sometimes the lungs. Obesity, particularly in the abdominal parts and upper
body obesity, is the most significant risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea.
The relation is direct, the more obese a person, the greater the risk of apnea.
Hence, it can be concluded that morbid or malignant obesity carries a greater
risk. Significantly, weight loss reduces sleep apnea as it leads to a
significant improvement in symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Even the
modest weight reduction can help get the condition under control.