Obesity and Sleep

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  • bedtime, because exercise is alerting and can make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Examine your sleep schedule. Are you getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night? Do you wake up feeling refreshed or lethargic? Do you wake up frequently during the night? Are you underweight, overweight, or just right?

Just weighing yourself on a scale isn't always the answer, since muscle weighs more than fat. To find out what your body mass index (BMI) is, go to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Web page .


NSF's 2003 Sleep in America poll shows that:

  • Inadequate sleep is associated with diabetes in older adults.
  • Sleep problems are common in older adults who are classified as obese or overweight.
  • About one-half of older adults exercise three or more times a week to improve their fitness. The more that older people exercise, the less likely they are to report fair or poor sleep.
  • 77% of older adults who are obese report some kind of sleep problem.
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