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Are there alternative therapies for excessive daytime sleepiness?

Are there alternative therapies for excessive daytime sleepiness?

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. ...Read more

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Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (Definition)

Excessive daytime sleepiness can affect 20% of people with symptoms of feeling sleepy (& possibly experiencing low energy level) which can occur even when ...Read more


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What illnesses present with excessive daytime sleepiness?

What illnesses present with excessive daytime sleepiness?

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. ...Read more

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

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

Talk to Dr.: You should talk to your doctor. Rhey may refer you to a sleep specialist. A sleep specialist may do a series of sleep studies including an overnight study and a nap study. The best thing is to make sure you give them a schedule of how you sleep and all the medications that you're on and your medical history. ...Read more

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Does provigil work for excessive daytime sleepiness?

Yes: Yes. It is an fda approved drug for eds (excessive daytime sleepiness). But I would try to determine why there is eds in the first place. A sleep study is a good start as well as an veal by a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Is there a link between fibromyalgia and excessive daytime sleepiness?

Is there a link between fibromyalgia and excessive daytime sleepiness?

Likely: Nearly every FM case I have seen has a sleep issue. Disrupted or insufficient sleep leads to daytime somnolence. However be sure that other diseases have been ruled out (sleep apnea?) ...Read more

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What's the difference between excessive daytime sleepiness or adhd/add?

What's the difference between excessive daytime sleepiness or adhd/add?

Hypersomnia: Sleepiness or hypersomnia is a condition that you easily doz off or fall sleep during the day. This might cause lack of concentration. Sleepiness in children might cause them to be restless, which is part of add symptoms. But a you see they are different condition that might share some sign. Read about sleepiness, narcolepsy in: www. Lasleepdr. Com. ...Read more

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Are there any natural remedies to help with excessive daytime sleepiness?

Are there any natural remedies to help with excessive daytime sleepiness?

Appropriate Sleep!: While most people are concerned with sleep apnea, we all forget insufficient sleep as one of the important causes of causing excessive daytime sleepiness. If you are getting ~7.5 hours a night, then you should see a sleep specialist to help make sure there aren't any other sleep disorders going on! The natural remedies, of course, would depend on a specific diagnosis, which here is unknown. ...Read more

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What can cause excessive daytime sleepiness?

What can cause excessive daytime sleepiness?

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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Is there an underlying problem associated with excessive daytime sleepiness?

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. ...Read more

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Could a sleeping disorder explain why I've had excessive daytime sleepiness most my life? Which disorder could it be? How r sleeping disorders treated

Could a sleeping disorder explain why I've had excessive daytime sleepiness most my life? Which disorder could it be? How r sleeping disorders treated

Yes: Yes to day time sleepiness. Hard to know what sleep d/o you have without more info. A common sleep d/o is insomnia and can be treated with a combo of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and meds (depending on severity). ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies for excessive daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy?

Gingko, tea, coffee: If you have excessive daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy, I wonder whether you have sleep apnea. This necessitates a sleep study to diagnose and begins with a physician consultation. This can then lead to correct diagnosis and correction of the problem. In addition to getting a good night's sleep, natural stimulants such as gingko, tea, or coffee can help increase alertness. ...Read more

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Can you tell me natural remedies for excessive daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy?

Can you tell me natural remedies for excessive daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy?

Need information: There are no proven natural remedies for what you state above. Rather, with limited information above you may have poor sleep hygiene (sleeping early and getting 8 hours total) or even sleep apnea, where you unintentionally stop breathing periodically during your sleep, resulting in poor sleep quality. The danger in excessive daytime sleepiness is car accidents, so please see your physician ASAP. ...Read more

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Bupro+sertra caused excessive daytime sleepiness, >10mon, Prozac (fluoxetine) worse, fully interacted with my life. Please guide me. Grateful.

Bupro+sertra caused excessive daytime sleepiness, >10mon, Prozac (fluoxetine) worse, fully interacted with my life. Please guide me. Grateful.

Unusual problem: Bupropion (wellbutrin), sertraline (zoloft), and Prozac (fluoxetine) are usually activating antidepressants. Excessive daytime sleepiness is uncommon with any of them, but is more likely from the ssris (sertraline and fluoxetine). It may be that bupropion by itself would not cause this side-effect. Best to discuss this with your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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