“The history of weight cycling has been prospectively associated with several measures of poor sleep, including short sleep duration, poorer sleep quality, increased insomnia, greater sleep disorders, and greater daytime dysfunction among several U.S. women. at various stages of life, ”Brooke Aggarwal, EdD, MS, FAHA, of Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, said in a press release.
The researchers used the Strategic Centered Research Network cohort at Columbia University’s American Heart Association to evaluate baseline and sleep patterns of HWC and possible HWC associations in from baseline with sleep during the one-year visit.
A history of weight cycling was reported, defined as losing and gaining ten pounds or more at least once (excluding pregnancy). The team evaluated factors such as sleep duration, sleep quality, severity of insomnia, and the risk of obstructive sleep apnea using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. Insomnia and the Berlin Questionnaires To measure the relationship of HWC to sleep, the researchers used linear and logistic regression models, adjusted for age, race / ethnicity, education, health insurance status, pregnancy history, and menopausal status.
The results showed that most women reported one or more episodes of weight cycling, and each additional episode of weight cycling was related to shorter sleep duration, lower sleep quality, latency. longer onset of sleep, greater severity of insomnia, more sleep disorders, lower sleep efficiency, and higher frequency of sleep medication use. In contrast, in logistic models, HWC was associated with higher probabilities of short sleep, poor sleep quality, long sleep onset latency, high risk of obstructive sleep apnea, and sleep efficiency of less than 85%, according to the press release.
The research team noted the need for future studies on how lifelong body weight changes can affect sleep in men, women, and racial or ethnic groups. Before this begins, health professionals should ask women about their history of weightlifting to identify their risk of sleep problems.
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2. Weight cycling related to the increase in sleep problems in women. EurekAlert! Published May 20, 2021. Accessed May 25, 2021. https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-05/wkh-wcl052021.php