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Daytime Sleepiness Treatment
Daytime sleepiness: Daytime sleepiness is a symptom rather than an disease with a cure. It can be a very dangerous symptom due to the risk of accidents at work or driving etc. You can see how sleepy your are by googling ess and completing the scale. One would start treatment by seeing their primary care to try and clarify the cause. Causes might include shift work, sleep apnea, insomnia, medications, or narcolepsy. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Light and Oxygen: If you feel you have more daytime sleepiness than you should given your work and sleep schedule see your doctor - sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome can disrupt sleep without you knowing it. General tips - try to keep to a regular schedule of light and dark (without that your circadian rhythms will be messed up and you'll have trouble waking up. Also regular exercise, but not too late. ...Read more
I've been having strong headaches & daytime sleepiness. I've been going to bed early and it's still hard to wake up the next day. It's not normal.
Sleep disorder: Your symptoms are fairly classical sleep apnea, however there are several other conditions would also need to be ruled out. One of them is central nervous system idiopathic hypersomnia, and the other is narcolepsy. There are also many other conditions can cause excessive daytime sleepiness. The person to rule this out would be a sleep disorder specialist please ask your family doctor for a referral or self refer through the phone book. You will need a overnight polysomnogram test and possibly an ms lt the following day to check for narcolepsy or idiopathic hypersomnolence. Best wishes to you. By the way, it is also possible that your symptoms could represent an underlying other type of physical illness or a psychiatric illness or a medication related issue. Best wishes to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I take a variety of medications and have day time sleepiness, even with CPAP compliance and good AHI values. How can I prevent daytime sleepiness?
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