Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Degree Level



Biological Sciences


Baum, Jamie

Committee Member/Reader

Lewis, Jeffrey

Committee Member/Second Reader

McNabb, David

Committee Member/Third Reader

Kumar, Suresh


Metabolic Syndrome is becoming a more prevalent health issue within the United States, currently affecting 22% of adults (Capuron et al., 2008). Several factors contribute to the diagnosis of Metabolic Syndrome, including obesity, high levels of triglycerides, elevated blood pressure, and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Metabolic Syndrome puts those who have it at an increased risk for numerous diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer (Jennings et al., 2007). Several studies have shown that Metabolic Syndrome plays a negative role in sleep and mood of those with the disease. Individuals with Metabolic Syndrome often have poor sleep quality, which could contribute to worsening of the risk factors associated with the disease (Hung et. al 2013). Metabolic Syndrome has also been linked to obstructive sleep apnea and is prevalent in those with the disease (Parish et al., 2007). There is also evidence that short sleep duration and poor sleep quality are associated with obesity, one of the risk factors for Metabolic Syndrome (Jennings et al., 2007).


Higher protein diet, Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index