Daytime Sleepiness linked to Obesity and Depression

Dr Alexandros Vgontzas, Psychiatry  Professor at Penn State University , concludes that daytime tiredness is linked to obesity and depression.  Around one-fifth of the adult population of America suffer from this.

Among this group, depression and waist circumference were the strongest predictors of the subjects’ self-reported sleepiness.

Read more http://www.healthcare-today.co.uk/news/obesity-depression-linked-to-sleepiness/22134/

Hypertension, heart disease, osteoporosis, and inflammatory disease are some of the risk factors you could be facing  when you snore and have sleep apnea and do not use the CPAP machine.

Dr Edward Bixler and Dr A Vgontzas conducted their research at the Penn State Sleep Research Treatment Center .  Over 4000 men were interviewed and 741 men spent the night at the lab for the specialized sleep study . 480 hours of interviews were recorded, 1500 pages of reports were written for the research.

He tried to show that elevated levels of Interleukin-6 (IL-6), an inflammatory chemical that causes fevers, tiredness, and loss of appetite were the result of not sleeping long enough or well enough.

 Since high levels of IL-6 give you that all-over sick feeling, sleeping soundly and for the right amount of time improves your sense of well-being. “Even now,” notes Vgontzas, “the most common remedy for illness is sleep.” But bad sleep makes you more than rundown. The high levels of IL-6 that result makes you more susceptible to osteoporosis, heart attacks, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Read the full article : http://www.rps.psu.edu/0005/sleep.html

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