Sumary of Want to Avoid Sleep Apnea? Get Off the Sofa:
- Compared to the most active people in the study, those who spent more than four hours a day sitting watching TV had a 78% higher risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and those with sedentary jobs had a 49% higher risk.
- Common symptoms include snoring, disrupted sleep and excessive tiredness.
- The study included more than 138,000 U.S. women and men without a diagnosis of sleep apnea.
- The difference in risk between sedentary work and time spent sitting watching TV could be explained by other behaviors related to those activities, the researchers suggested.
- “For example, snacking and drinking sugary drinks is more likely to go along with watching TV compared with being sedentary at work or elsewhere, such as sitting during traveling.