Can you get a sleep study if you are overweight?

This question was asked in Atascosa, Texas on 08/23/2012.
I would like to make an appointment for a sleep study. I am obese, snore like a freight train, wake myself up many times at night, and am always exhausted. I am in a weight loss program and am losing weight but am still fatigued. Thank you.

Doctors Answers (4)

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 8/24/2012

Yes, a sleep study is often done on patients who are "overweight". This would include persons who weigh over 300 pounds. Snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea and treatment of sleep apnea often leads to improved daytime performance which leads to more exercise which leads to weight loss. A feeling of fatigue and exhaustion are common symptoms of sleep apnea and often disappear with treatment. Talk to your physician soon.

Gary K. Zammit, Ph.D.
Answered on: 8/24/2012

Yes. Certain sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, are associated with obesity. Snoring and fatigue may be signs of the disorder. Therefore, you should speak to your doctor or a sleep specialist about testing. Keep up the weight loss program. It is good for your overall health, and weight loss has been shown to improve apnea.

Kanu Patel, MD
Answered on: 8/24/2012

Yes, you can get a sleep study if you are overweight. In fact majority of our patients are obese. During sleep certain hormones secrete that affect our appetite, so you can eat and eat but never feel satisfied. Also, without proper sleep it can be very difficult to have any energy to exercise, another critical factor in the weight loss process.

Richard J. Schumann Jr., MD
Answered on: 8/24/2012

I think it is great that you are looking out for your health and getting on a weight loss program is a great start. Because of your suspicious history and risk factors, I suggest you get evaluated with a sleep study to determine the severity of your sleep disordered breathing. If you need treatment it will provide more energy during the day and you can engage in an exercise program to help with fatigue and weight loss.