Obesity and Sleep Apnea
People who suffer from severe to morbid obesity are more at risk to develop sleep apnea, which is defined as a repetitive decrease or even stoppage of breathing during sleep without the individual realizing it thus, disrupting significantly the quality of sleep so much so that people who suffer from this sleep condition often feel very tired during the day, have less energy and have less drive. These people often feel the need to fall asleep during the day, sometimes even while they are conducting an activity, such as driving. In addition, this condition helps to promote high blood pressure and the occurrence of coronary events, such as a heart attack. Sleep apnea is one of the most under-diagnosed problems in medicine. Patients often attribute their fatigue to stress, excessive work, being overweight, lack of exercise, etc. while sleep apnea is the root cause of the problem.