Being Sleepy During The Day May Indicate Depression

by Jon Henshaw

Everyone knows that lack of sleep can contribute to long tiring days. However, what happens when a person is getting plenty of sleep, but they still feel excessively tired all day? New research suggests that there’s a good chance it might be depression.

After crunching the numbers, depression was the No. 1 risk factor for excessive daytime sleepiness. BMI (body mass index) came second. Typical sleep duration was third, followed by diabetes, smoking, and, finally, sleep apnea.

The researchers suggest that doctors start to consider depression as a factor for excessive sleepiness, and that they do a thorough assessment for depression and obesity/diabetes.

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