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A 44-year-old member asked:

are there alternative therapies for excessive daytime sleepiness?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
No: Excessive daytime sleepiness has many causes. It could be related to a medical problem (heart failure), psychiatric (depression), stress, obstructive sleep apnea, medication, etc. It would be best to be seen by a sleep specialist.
Dr. Jerald Ratner
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Possibly: Coq10; same; acetyl l-carnitine; and vitamin b12.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Is there an underlying problem associated with excessive daytime sleepiness?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Excessive daytime sleepiness (eds) is not normal. It can be due to work schedule, medical problems, restless leg syndrome, psychological (stress/anxiety), sleep apnea or a circadian rhythm disorder. Best to be checked by a sleep specialist.
Dr. Asher Turney
Occupational Medicine 19 years experience
excellent differential.
Feb 10, 2014
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A 57-year-old member asked:

What illnesses present with excessive daytime sleepiness?

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Dr. R Sangal
Dr. R Sangalanswered
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Causes of sleepiness: Excessive sleepiness can be caused by not getting enough sleep, depression, sleep apnea (snoring & stopping breathing in sleep). Less common causes include narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia, hormonal disorders such as low thyroid, severe anemia, chronic infections, brain tumors, etc.
Dr. Asher Turney
Occupational Medicine 19 years experience
other vitamin deficiencies. Excellent differentials for EDS.
Feb 10, 2014
A 42-year-old member asked:

How can I get help if I have excessive daytime sleepiness?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
See your doctor: Start with your doctor. They will ask some questions and probably refer you for a sleep study to determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is nuvigil effective for excessive daytime sleepiness?

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Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: A expensive drug which works well.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What can cause excessive daytime sleepiness?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Many things: Some conditions like sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome interfere with sleep at night, resulting in tiredness/sleepiness in the day. Others are sleep disorders that themselves produce sleepiness, like narcolepsy. Still others are effects of medications or drugs; some mental illnesses like depression too. See your doctor for an evaluation. Can also see a sleep medicine doctor.

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