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Is there an underlying problem associated with excessive daytime sleepiness?

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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
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 23 years experience
Multiple possibilty: Items on differential include: 1) insufficient sleep 2) sleep apnea 3) narcolepsy 4) idiopathic hypersomnia 5) thyroid/endocrine issues 6) depression this list is by no means exhaustive, but it's a good start. You should see your doctor to get a better idea of what may be going on.

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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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