Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Associations Between Objectively Measured Sleep Duration and Body Mass Index: The CARDIA Sleep Study

Department of Health Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.
American journal of epidemiology (Impact Factor: 5.23). 09/2009; 170(7):805-13. DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwp230
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Numerous studies have found an association between shorter sleep duration and higher body mass index (BMI) in adults. Most previous studies have been cross-sectional and relied on self-reported sleep duration, which may not be very accurate. In the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Sleep Study (2000-2006), the authors examine whether objectively measured sleep is associated with BMI and change in BMI. They use several nights of wrist actigraphy to measure sleep among participants in an ongoing cohort of middle-aged adults. By use of linear regression, the authors examine whether average sleep duration or fragmentation is associated with BMI and 5-year change in BMI, adjusting for confounders. Among 612 participants, sleep duration averaged 6.1 hours and was grouped into 4 categories. Both shorter sleep and greater fragmentation were strongly associated with higher BMI in unadjusted cross-sectional analysis. After adjustment, BMI decreased by 0.78 kg/m(2) (95% confidence interval: -1.6, -0.002) for each increasing sleep category. The association was very strong in persons who reported snoring and weak in those who did not. There were no longitudinal associations between sleep measurements and change in BMI. The authors confirmed a cross-sectional association between sleep duration and BMI using objective sleep measures, but they did not find that sleep predicted change in BMI. The mechanism underlying the cross-sectional association is not clear.

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    • "Although it has been documented in previous studies that selfreported sleep deprivation is related to obesity in both adults and children [4–7,10,28,29], inconsistent evidence was found between objectively measured sleep duration and obesity [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15]. Two studies found significant associations [14] [15], but the majority of the studies reported a lack of association between objectively measured sleep duration and obesity [10] [11] [12] [13]. Thus, some investigators suspected that the link between short sleep duration and obesity may be overrated [30] and confounded by other factors, such as psychological profiles [9]. "
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    • "In a metaanalysis of 18 cross-sectional studies, which included a total of >604,000 adults [35], each additional hour of sleep was found to be associated with a pooled β-coefficient for BMI of −0.35 kg/m 2 (95% CI: −0.57, −0.12). Several [6] [7], but not all [36], prospective studies have also reported inverse associations between sleep duration and weight gain. For example, in the Quebec Family Study cohort, individuals sleeping 5–6 h/day gained 1.98 (95% CI: 1.16, 2.82) kg more than those sleeping an average of 7–8 h/day, over a period of 6 years [6]. "
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    • "Four longitudinal studies examining associations between sleep and obesity in adults have indicated that there is no association between sleep duration and obesity [20] [21] [22] [23]. In the study by Lauderdale et al. [21], only linear regression was used and this could have made it possible to miss a U-shaped relationship. In the studies by Stranges et al. [20], the participants' baseline age was somewhat higher compared with the present study and, in the study by Appelhans et al. [23], the number of participants was somewhat lower, which could explain the discrepancy between these studies and studies showing longitudinal associations between sleep duration and obesity. "
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