Sleepless in The Golden Isles
What is the correlation between sleep and obesity?
Obese patients often have breathing problems such as sleep apnea, which leads to a state of sleep deprivation making the patient too fatigued to exercise. Lack of exercise contributes to obesity, and according to research, a need for more insulin production to maintain glucose metabolism. Without sleep, the appetite tends to increase and patients tend to seek out sweet, high calorie foods.
Psychologically, the manifestations of fatigue/lack of sleep are similar and patients often turn to food to alleviate fatigue. Those patients who don’t exercise are less likely to get a good night’s sleep, which further aggravates their situation.