Sleep Center Links Obesity and Sleep Disorders

Seminar offers weight loss opportunity for people who often feel tired or sleepy.

Brian Dennis has found a new and unexpected way to lose weight. He was always tired and found it hard to exercise. But ever since he fixed his sleep disorder, his new found energy has led to the shedding of forty-five pounds. In fact, he’s found so much energy he will be participating in the Iron Horse bicycle tour from Durango to Silverton, CO in May.
Most people are unfamiliar with the connection between sleep and obesity. Given the higher incidence of sleep disorders among those who are overweight, poor sleep quality can be a significant contributing factor to weight gain. When patients improve their sleep quality, they feel less tired and sleepy during the day. The new-found energy increases their motivation to exercise and even gives them better control over their appetite.

The Sleep and Human Health Institute (SHHI) is offering a series of free seminars where people will learn about the link between obesity and the quality of their sleep. Several leading sleep researchers have recognized this connection, but SHHI is the first organization to promote a new perspective for overweight people to improve their health and quality of life. The Con Alma Health Foundation, a health issues advocate in New Mexico, has awarded a $5,000 grant to co-sponsor the seminars in Albuquerque, NM.
“Con Alma HEALTH Foundation is proud to partner with the Sleep and Human Health Institute in order to share this important health information with the people of New Mexico,” said Dolores E. Roybal, Executive Director, Con Alma HEALTH Foundation. “Addressing sleep disorders removes another barrier to good health.”
“We’re very excited to find out how the connection between sleep and obesity will resonate with those who suffer from this vexing problem,” said Barry Krakow, medical director of the Sleep & Human Health Institute. “Also of interest will be whether attendees will connect their sleep problems to their exercise and dietary habits.”  Dr. Krakow is also the medical director of Maimonides Sleep Arts and Sciences, a co-sponsor of the seminar.
The first seminar will be held at 6:30pm on April 22nd, 2009, at the Sleep and Human Health Institute. Those wanting to attend should register online at or For questions regarding registration, please call (505) 998-7201.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Krakow,
please email call Laura Togami at 505-998-7208
Sleep and Human Health Institute
6739 Academy NE, Suite 390, Albuquerque NM, 87109

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