According to The Huffington Post, overweight individuals who have trouble sleeping may be more likely to have poor quality of life.

Researchers from the US and the UK looked into the sleep, mood, and quality-of-life issues of 270 extremely obese people in their mid-40s. They also took into account other factors that might affect sleep like physical conditions such as diabetes and sleep apnea.

The results showed that three out of four individuals slept for only six and a half hours on a daily basis. A good half of them had high levels of anxiety, while 43 percent were diagnosed with depression.

Despite these numbers, people rarely take these problems seriously.

According to researcher Dr. G. Neil Thomas of the University of Birmingham, patients don't usually pay much attention to their sleep problems, and they hardly ever address the underlying issues of obesity either.

“The focus is often on treating obesity and its consequences, such as diet and exercise interventions, rather than addressing its underlying cause, which may be psychological in nature, such as an unhappy marriage or job stress,” he says.

What's worse is that sleeplessness may actually increase the risk of obesity and vice-versa. Still, awareness is the first step. Next is having a consistent sleeping schedule. If sleep deprivation is seemingly caused by other physical or psychological conditions, it's a must to see a health professional.


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