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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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A 57-year-old member asked:

What illnesses present with excessive daytime sleepiness?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
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.
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A 33-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Excessive daytime sleepiness?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Daytime sleepiness: Excessive daytime sleepiness can affect 20% of people with symptoms of feeling sleepy (& possibly experiencing low energy level) which can occur even when there is adequate sleep.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can exercise help with excessive daytime sleepiness?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes!: Exercise, especially if it is in the morning, will help with daytime sleepiness as the exercise will raise your circulating adrenaline level. Adrenaline is a potent stimulant that can help you stay more alert and awake. However, consult with your doctor as there can be treatable causes to daytime sleepiness that doesn't respond to the exercise.
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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