Sleepiness and Your Weight: What’s the connection?

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WebMD Health News

June 13, 2012 — Being obese or depressed may make you more likely to be sleepy during the day, new research shows. About 20% of American adults have excessive daytime sleepiness, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Although poor sleep is often blamed for excessive daytime sleepiness, ”we found that depression and obesity were the strongest risk factors for being tired and sleepy,” says Alexandros Vgontzas, MD, a professor of psychiatry at Penn State. He presented three studies on daytime sleepiness this week at Sleep 2012, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Boston.

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The good news: “If you lose weight, you are going to be less tired and sleepy,” says Vgontzas. In one of the studies, he found that as people lost their extra pounds, they became less sleepy during the day.

The odds of developing daytime sleepiness are. . . Click here to read more.

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Do you struggle with paying attention at work? It may be related to sleep problems.

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