Sleep disorders and obesity

Sleep disorders and obesity are among two of the most common health concerns and are both associated with significant health and socioeconomic implications. It is estimated that approximately 30-45% of adults are affected by sleep disorders. Emerging evidence suggests that various sleep disturbances, including insomnia, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), inadequate sleep duration, poor sleep quality, and circadian misalignment may contribute to the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Dreaming of better care: Prioritising sleep health in the hospital and ICU

Hospitals are meant to be a sanctuary of recovery to wellness, a place where rest and recuperation are prioritised to ensure the body and mind can heal. Yet, it is not a surprise for health practitioners to hear frequent complaints of sleep issues from hospitalised patients, with a particular prevalence among those in critical care units.

Managing the interrelationship between anxiety and insomnia

The relationship between insomnia and anxiety is complex. Patients with generalised anxiety disorder have anxious thoughts all the time and when trying to sleep these intrusive thoughts can interfere with the relaxation required to fall asleep. Every patient with insomnia of any cause develops anxiety specifically about their ability to sleep which may not translate into anxiety about anything else. It is important to differentiate the two as treatment will differ.


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Sleep Matters - Vol 14 No 3 - 2023