You are probably already aware that diet and exercise are the primary components of an effective weight-loss program. However, recent research has shown that sleep is also a contributing factor in your ability to shed a few extra pounds. A classic double-edged sword, unfortunately, is that getting ample sleep when you’re overweight and uncomfortable can be much more challenging – especially if your weight has led to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Sleep and Weight: The Statistics
Obesity is one of the leading health concerns in America and all around the world. More and more people have become chronically sleep-deprived as a result of busy schedules, sleep disorders, and other factors. Here are some interesting (though possibly disturbing) statistics on the matter:
- Only 35 percent of Americans slept for eight hours a night in 1998. However, a lower 26 percent of Americans slept for eight hours a night in 2005. We are going in More »