(Best Syndication News) Obesity and the use of sleeping pills can increase the risk of death, according to a research presented at an American Heart Association session in San Diego.
Obese patients who take sleeping pills are more vulnerable than non-obese patients taking the same sleeping pills. Daniel Kripke, M.D., a psychiatrist with Scripps Clinic’s Viterbi Family Sleep Center in San Diego, said the increased risk could be due to sleep apnea.
Obese people suffer from a higher rate of sleep apnea because soft fatty tissue can block the airway when they sleep. Many sleep apnea patients are told to avoid alcohol and muscle relaxants. Men are more prone to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).