Obesity And Sleep Disorders Increasing In Parallel
Over the past five years, the sleep-clinic industry has expanded at an average annual rate of more than 13?percent, totaling $5.8 billion in revenue this year. As many would suspect, obesity is a major reason for such growth.
Experts say the nation’s obesity epidemic has fueled the industry’s growth by contributing to sleep disorders such as apnea. Obesity and sleep apnea have always been tied together, but there all kinds of sleep disorders that are now being linked to obesity. Additionally, some sleep disorders are a man-made issue, with the proliferation of electronic devices, iPads, smartphones and cable TV, keeping people from normal sleep patterns.