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Weight, Depression Tied to Fatigue

Monday, 18 June 2012 01:02 PM

Daytime sleepiness may not only be tied to getting enough rest during the night. New research shows obesity and depression are two of the main culprits in making many people feel sleepy during the day.
Researchers at Penn State examined 1,741 adults and determined that obesity and emotional stress are the main causes of what they called a national "epidemic" of sleepiness and fatigue. Insufficient sleep and sleep apnea also play a role; both have been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes, obesity and accidents.
"The 'epidemic' of sleepiness parallels an 'epidemic' of obesity and psychosocial stress," said lead researcher Dr. Alexandros Vgontzas. "Weight loss, depression and sleep disorders should be our priorities in terms of preventing the medical complications and public safety hazards associated with this excessive sleepiness."
To reach their conclusions, Vgontzas and colleagues tracked hundreds of adults reporting excessive daytime sleepiness for more than 7 years. They found depression and weight gain were the strongest risk factors for new and persistent excessive sleepiness.
The research was presented last week at the 26th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Boston.

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