Sleep Patterns in Overweight/Obese Adults in Baghdad City
Keywords:Overweight, Obesity, Sleep duration, Sleep onset.
Background: Abnormal sleep patterns are health challenge facing the Iraqi community and related to
modernized behavioral changes.
Aim of Study: To identify the prevalence of abnormal sleep patterns among overweight/obese adults in
Patients and Method: A descriptive cross sectional survey carried out in two Nutrition Clinics in Baghdad.
During six months including 250 overweight/obese adults. The short sleep duration was defined as <7 hours/
day and late sleep onset was defined as sleeping at 11 o’clock pm and later.
Results: Mean sleep duration was (7.23 hours). Sleep onset was in 66.8% of participants. Mean body mass
index (BMI) was significantly higher in participants with short sleep duration (p<0.001). Short sleep duration
was associated with younger age, male gender and negative medical history, while significant risk factors for
late sleep onset are younger age, students and smoking.
Conclusions: The prevalence of abnormal sleep patterns among overweight/obese was high. There is a
strong link between short sleep duration and higher BMI.
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