International Journal of Applied Science and Technology

ISSN 2221-0997 (Print), 2221-1004 (Online) 10.30845/ijast

Correlation of Obesity and Sleep Apnea in Adolescents and Its Impact upon Quality of Life
Fozia Khan, Farah Al-Boukai, Ramah Ashouri, Asim A Siddiqui, Saman Feroze, May N Al-Muammar

Background: An intimate correlation occurs between obesity and sleep disorders among adolescence which has its impact on their overall performance and quality of life (QL). This study measures the degree of correlation between obesity and sleep apnea, and its impact upon QL and overall performance in Saudi obese adolescents. Methodology: This case-control study has randomly included Saudi obese adolescents and eutrophic adolescents of both genders, aged 12-18 years. Instruments, which were used in the study, included a standardized and validated questionnaire. The questionnaires involved a sleep behaviour questionnaire and paediatric QL inventory. Result: A statistically significant correlation was seen between sleep disorders and obesity and an intimate impact upon their overall performance was also seen in the findings that included physical, emotional and social functioning. Conclusion: The study concluded that there is a great importance of improvements related to lifestyle and sleeping patterns among the Saudi population for reduced state of obesity.

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