Lack of sleep in male military population linked to obesity: study – CTV

May 18, 2023

For members of Canada’s military, who often have rigid schedules and demanding physical tasks, a lack of sleep is associated with obesity—particularly in males—according to a new study from Statistics Canada.

Despite sleep being one of the components of the Canadian Armed Forces Physical Performance Strategy, problems with sleep are common for those in the military population, according to the study.

To determine how sleep affects obesity in military members, researchers used data from the 2019 Canadian Armed Forces Health Survey.

Study respondents were asked questions related to sleep, including how often they have trouble falling or staying asleep, how often they wake up feeling refreshed, and how often it’s challenging to stay awake when they want to.

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