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Study Finds Genetic Link Between Sleep Problems and Obesity

Mar 27, 2018 9:19:45 AM | Obesity Study Finds Genetic Link Between Sleep Problems and Obesity

Obesity occurs when a person accumulates too much body fat

Obesity occurs when a person accumulates too much body fat, leading to a negative health effect. Researchers in epidemiological studies have long reported an existing relationship between this condition and sleeping problems. The study also shows that decreased sleep quality and duration is related to an increase in your body’s weight. That causes insomnia, restless legs syndrome and obstructive sleep apnea, among other known disorders.


Obesity and sleep disorders

As established, there is a huge relationship between obesity &health. There are several implications associated with this condition and hence the need for exercise and other treatment procedures. This includes sleeping disorders such as:

1. Insomnia

Studies show that people with obesity are likely to develop insomnia, a condition relating to sleep disturbance, awakening before the intended time and difficulties initiating & maintaining sleep. Its diagnosis highly depends on self-reported signs and therefore subjective to your sleep behavior. Obese guys are also more likely to develop chronic insomnia and emotional stress.

Due to the close relationship between the two conditions, the detection and treatment of sleep problems can be used as a therapeutic intervention for obesity. That’s because insomnia plays a vital role in predisposing the overconsumption of body energy, leading to weight gain.

2. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

Based on a population-based study, there is a strong relationship between obesity and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The correlation between the two conditions occurs in a two-way mode and they influence one another in different ways.

Obesity influences the upper airway by altering its structure and functionality, resulting in a reduction in resting time. That contributes to the severity of obstructive sleep apnea and negatively affects the respiratory drive. However, OSA doesn’t have a huge effect on increasing obesity.

Obesity is a strong health risk that can contribute to a couple of health and sleep issues. The continued understanding of the underlying relationships will help you find the appropriate medication options for your issue. These options range from basic body exercises and healthy dietary-lifestyle measures to stomach balloons & incisionless bariatric procedures.

Written By: Anthony A. Starpoli, MD