Sleep and obesity risk in adults: possible mechanisms; contextual factors; and implications for research, intervention, and policy

Sleep Health. 2017 Oct;3(5):393-400. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2017.07.014. Epub 2017 Aug 23.


Obesity is a major public health problem among US adults. Insufficient sleep and sleep disorders are prevalent and may contribute to the public health problem of obesity. This review addresses several key questions regarding sleep and obesity in adults, including the following: (1) What constitutes adequate sleep in adults? (2) What are the consequences of inadequate sleep in adults? (3) What factors influence sleep in adults? (4) How can adults improve their sleep? (5) How can we implement these in adults? (6) How can these issues be addressed in future research and policy decisions? Although a comprehensive review of all of these is beyond the scope of this article, this review brings these concepts together toward a discussion of the role of sleep in the health of US adults.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Policy
  • Research
  • Risk Factors
  • Sleep*
  • Time Factors
  • United States / epidemiology