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For the past 4 months I've been oversleeping (about 11-12 hours). I've also had a very hard time losing weight, despite the fact that I eat very healthily and exercise.<br><br>
I started taking a multivitamin a few weeks ago and sunning myself because I thought I might be Vitamin D deficient, but this doesn't seem to be helping.<br><br>
Any ideas as to what may be causing this?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>greenish</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2885468"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Any chance you have a sleep disorder? Do you snore? Is there a chance you might have sleep apnea?</div>
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I don't snore. Wouldn't I know if I had sleep apnea? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> This is very very recent, can sleep apnea suddenly develop?
 

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You need more exercise-cycling/swimming/running if that appeals-remember exercise is an appetite surpressant.<br><br>
Sleep apnea is a whole 'nother ball game nothing to do with weight gain.
 

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You need more exercise-cycling/swimming/running if that appeals-remember exercise is an appetite surpressant.<br><br>
Sleep apnea is a whole 'nother ball game nothing to do with weight gain.</div>
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I exercise every day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Typically I hike up a mountain. If I can't do that, I walk my neighborhood, which has tons of steep hills. I can't really run because I have a knee injury from falling off my bike.
 

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Maybe you could get your thyroid checked? Having an underactive thyroid can cause weight gain and tiredness.
 

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Maybe you could get your thyroid checked? Having an underactive thyroid can cause weight gain and tiredness.</div>
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I'll do that. Then what? Do they give you a medication for it?
 

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I'll do that. Then what? Do they give you a medication for it?</div>
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I had mine checked recently and it was borderline so I had to wait 6 weeks and get it rechecked but it was fine after that. The treatment is medication if there is a problem which works quite well for most people I've heard.
 

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I had mine checked recently and it was borderline so I had to wait 6 weeks and get it rechecked but it was fine after that. The treatment is medication if there is a problem which works quite well for most people I've heard.</div>
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Ok cool. Thank you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Definitely worth a trip to the doctor. Sleeping too much (or too little) can definitely interfere with weight loss. The doc could take a bit of blood to check for TSH levels (thyroid), sex hormone levels, blood sugar, anemia/iron/B12 levels....lots of little things that aren't serious at all, but could make a big difference. Sleep apnea, though not the first place I'd think a doc would go, <i>can</i> actually cause trouble with weight loss too. The nutritional bits and hormone levels are a lots more likely culprits though.<br><br>
What happens if you sleep 7-9 hours and then have to get up? Can you function during the day? Does the tiredness get better after you're awake awhile? I ask because it's possible just to become sort of "addicted" to sleep in the same way people eat too much, drink too much, etc. Also, if you're still a teen, sleeping a bit extra isn't so unusual (apologies if you're like 35 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">)
 

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Definitely worth a trip to the doctor. Sleeping too much (or too little) can definitely interfere with weight loss. The doc could take a bit of blood to check for TSH levels (thyroid), sex hormone levels, blood sugar, anemia/iron/B12 levels....lots of little things that aren't serious at all, but could make a big difference. Sleep apnea, though not the first place I'd think a doc would go, <i>can</i> actually cause trouble with weight loss too. The nutritional bits and hormone levels are a lots more likely culprits though.<br><br>
What happens if you sleep 7-9 hours and then have to get up? Can you function during the day? Does the tiredness get better after you're awake awhile? I ask because it's possible just to become sort of "addicted" to sleep in the same way people eat too much, drink too much, etc. Also, if you're still a teen, sleeping a bit extra isn't so unusual (apologies if you're like 35 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">)</div>
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If I get a normal amount of sleep during the night, I need to take a nap during the day. I'm in my mid-twenties, so I definitely should not be sleeping this much.
 

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I have a vitamin D deficiency, I am 23 and I have the same problems. If you have really low vit D levels a multivitamin won't do the trick. I am getting special injections for months now, and it's still not where it should be even though I also take multivitamins. Please consult your doctor.
 

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Maybe you could get your thyroid checked? Having an underactive thyroid can cause weight gain and tiredness.</div>
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This. Hypothyroidism causes lethargy, fatigue and it makes weight loss much harder. I was diagnosed a few yrs ago and have been on meds ever since. And will unfortunately have to be for the rest of my life. Boo. But it is important to get it regulated so get that checked out for sure. Women seem to be very prone to it. I know more women with hypothyroidism than I do without. Good luck!
 

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Depression can also cause one to sleep a lot and not lose weight.<br><br>
I think going to see your doctor and getting some blood work, thyoid check, etc. that has been suggested are all good ideas. Let us know what you find out.
 

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Thank you everyone who has posted. I appreciate the help. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Before you go mad with paranoia, try drinking more water, more than you think you would need. I had a similar problem a couple of weeks ago, and within a few days of drinking more, I was back to normal.
 

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Definitely try the water thing, check for vitamin deficiencies, get your thyroid checked, etc. But the reason I asked about snoring and apnea is because people with sleep apnea can sleep 8 or 9 hours a night and wake up exhausted. They don't realize that their sleep is constantly being interrupted so they never get the deeper REM sleep that they need. The lack of sleep can actually mess with your metabolism and cause weight issues. It can contribute to health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure. If you get everything checked out and there's no other obvious answer, ask your doc about having a sleep study done.
 

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Definitely try the water thing, check for vitamin deficiencies, get your thyroid checked, etc. But the reason I asked about snoring and apnea is because people with sleep apnea can sleep 8 or 9 hours a night and wake up exhausted. They don't realize that their sleep is constantly being interrupted so they never get the deeper REM sleep that they need. The lack of sleep can actually mess with your metabolism and cause weight issues. It can contribute to health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure. If you get everything checked out and there's no other obvious answer, ask your doc about having a sleep study done.</div>
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Are dreams an indicator that you are getting deeper REM sleep? Because I dream every night.
 

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Are dreams an indicator that you are getting deeper REM sleep? Because I dream every night.</div>
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I think so.<br><br>
Having trouble losing weight is pretty common. You sound like you're fairly active. Have you tried counting calories? I don't need to do it as a vegan anymore, but I found it quite helpful when I was vegetarian. As for the sleep thing, there's definitely something weird going on there, hope you figure out what's causing it.
 

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I was told that people who remember their dreams are in a lighter sleep than people who don't, and I'm one of those people who rarely remembers mine, and I'm also a very deep sleeper who is difficult to wake up.
 
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