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I am having sudden onset episodes of severe drowsiness during the day. No sleep apnea. Possible causes?
What metabolic issues can cause my 10yr old to Tic and have sudden onset sleepiness? He was diagnosed with PANDAS in February??
Depends on cause: A persistent sleep disorder may promote daytime sleepiness. Restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and shift work disorder may be a cause, but insomnia of alternative causation must be considered. Also, consider underlying hypothyroidism, anemias, medication adverse effects, excess alcohol, recreational drugs. Treatment is based on etiology. ...Read more
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Sleepiness: Do some light activity that involves moving around but nothing too stimulating such as exercise since this may contribute to insomnia. Getting sunlight in the early evening (such as during a walk) is a good way to help stay awake. Of course, if you are getting drowsy and it is time for bed, don't try to fight it and just go to sleep. Avoid caffeine after lunch time. ...Read more
Do you mean benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine, but can be very sedating. If by doing the same thing you mean treating seasonal allergies then there are several anti-histamines that are usually not sedating, for example, fexofenadine, Loratadine and cetirizine. These are all available in various over the counter preparations. Please be sure to follow the package directions. ...Read more
Quality not quantity: Drowsiness despite getting "a lot of sleep" can be due poor quality of sleep. One feels most rested when they get good quality, deep, restful sleep. See your doctor as there can be many reasons why one gets sufficient quantity but insufficient quality of sleep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer