Excessive Sleepiness

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Most people feel tired occasionally, but excessive sleepiness that persists is neither normal nor healthy. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a Stanford University study on drowsiness in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

About one of every five Americans complains of excessive sleepiness.

Research at Stanford University also found that 11 percent of U.S. adults report severe sleepiness.

Excessive sleepiness can be a symptom of other medical problems, including sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Researchers studied data from nearly 9,000 people 18 or older. The participants were interviewed by telephone about their sleeping habits, health, sleep problems and mental disorders.

Among the findings:

Severe sleepiness was more prevalent in women than in men,

18 percent of participants said they fell asleep or were drowsy in situations that required a high level of concentration, such as in conversations and in meetings.

People with obstructive sleep apnea were three times more likely to be sleepy.

People with a diagnosis of insomnia were more than two and a half times more likely to report drowsiness.

People who work at night and those with major depressive disorder were almost two times more likely to report sleepiness.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.