The Link Between Physical Activity & Sedentary Behavior To Sleep Apnea Risk
The lead author of the study chimed in on the connection between physical activity and sedentary behavior. Tianyi Huang noted the research team saw a clear link between these two factors and the condition. Participants following the current World Health Organization (WHO) physical activity guidelines and who spent less than four hours daily watching TV saw a tremendously lowered risk. The team noted any added increase in activity, also reduced risks.
It’s important to note, the WHO recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate activity, weekly.
Those who averaged three hours-worth of activity each week (about two hours of walking) had a 54% less chance of getting the condition. Meanwhile, individuals who were watching four hours of TV weekly were 78% likelier to develop the condition. Lastly, those working in sedentary jobs were 49% likelier to get sleep apnea.
However, the risks between “sitting” at your job, and “sitting” down to watch television were very different. Many tend to snack during TV time. This might include chips, cookies, and sugary drinks. This type of habit could result in weight gain, which is another risk to sleep apnea.