Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Perceived Insufficient Sleep Among U.S. Adults

An Analysis of 2008 BRFSS Data

Anne G Wheaton; Geraldine S Perry; Daniel P Chapman; Lela R McKnight-Eily; Letitia R Presley-Cantrell; Janet B Croft


BMC Public Health. 2011;11 

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4. Conclusion

The results of our analysis, which showed a strong graded association between days of perceived insufficient sleep and weight status across all levels of BMI among U.S. adults, suggest that the possible effect of excess weight on sleep should be considered by developers of programs to address sleep disorders and that the possible effect of insufficient sleep on weight should be considered by developers of weight-reduction programs. Although sleep specialists commonly discuss with their patients how obesity may increase the risk for sleep disorders, they should also address the possibility that even smaller amounts of excess weight, as seen in overweight individuals, may be detrimental to their health and welfare.


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