Hospitals Treating Sleep Disorders Related to Obesity


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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Burgers, genetics, and an aging population translate into more people being overweight. And because obesity is the number one predictor of sleep disorders, hospitals are beefing up to meet the need. Sutter Health opened its second local sleep center, in Roseville, several days ago. Catholic Healthcare West is moving its sleep-disorder treatment into a larger facility in Sacramento by year end. Both UC Davis and Kaiser Permanente have expanding programs as well. Obesity is a prime cause of sleep apnea, where breathing is interrupted during sleep, and it’s a serious problem. Sutter says there’s a three-month back log for diagnosis and treatment.