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I'm suffering from excessive sleep. I can't control. please suggest me tips to recover from this habit?

I'm suffering from excessive sleep. I can't control. please suggest me tips to recover from this habit?

Get an evaluation: You need to go see a physician and get an evaluation. They can make sure you are okay and help you analyze your sleep habits. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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What to do about excessive sleeping and unclear thoughts?

What to do about excessive sleeping and unclear thoughts?

Depression.: These sound like symptoms of depression. Get checked out by a PMD or psychologist. ...Read more

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Please explain the health risks and causes of excessive sleeping. ?

Please explain the health risks and causes of excessive sleeping.
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Sleepiness Risks: Chronic sleepiness lessens the enjoyment you get out of each day, reduces the energy available to accomplish what you need to do, and poses serious risks when driving or operating machinery or looking after children. The most common cause is mild depression. Other causes include insomnia, low thyroid hormone, and sleep apnea (with loud snoring and pauses in breathing at night). See your doctor. ...Read more

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Is excessive sleeping related to stress?

Is excessive sleeping related to stress?

Excessive sleeping: Yes excessive sleeping can be used as an escape mechanism to avoid stress. ...Read more

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What can be the reason for excessive sleeping?

What can be the reason for excessive sleeping?

Medical problem.: There are some medical issues which might be causing excessive sleeping which should be investigated. Visit with your doctor and start the process. ...Read more

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I sleep for almost 10 hours daily on weekdays and for almost 15 hours on weekends. What are the effects of excessive sleeping on my health.

I sleep for almost 10 hours daily on weekdays and for almost 15 hours on weekends. What are the effects of excessive sleeping on my health.

Deconditioning: The more time you spend in bed, the less time you spend in your daily activity. The results can be weight gain, loss of muscle mass, abnormalities in your blood sugar and blood fats, poor cardiovascular fitness. The list goes on and on. What I would want to know is, why do you need so much sleep? It's important that you find out. ...Read more

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Are meds, hypothyroidism, some cancers causes for excessively sleeping?

Are meds, hypothyroidism, some cancers causes for excessively sleeping?

Yes, yes and yes: Meds, lo thyroid and cancer each may be associated with excessive sleep. Consult your primary care physician ...Read more

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Can excessive sleeping be due obsessive-compulsve disorder and major depressive disorder?

Can excessive sleeping be due obsessive-compulsve disorder and major depressive disorder?

Yes: Several of my patients have dealt w/ that and say it can be the only way to get a break from pain. Some have been able to switch to periods of Mindfullness Meditation to obtain the break. It's a real challenge and you should have an excellent psychotherapist to work with along w/ whatever medications are needed. OCD specialists are not common but can be worth the effort to find. Get references! ...Read more

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If Tramadol 50mg 3x a day causing excessive sleep to control bone mets, is there medicine to counter the effect?

If Tramadol 50mg 3x a day causing excessive sleep to control bone mets, is there medicine to counter the effect?

Different analgesic: Might be more prudent to choose another analgesic. Metastatic bone disease is quite painful, but we’d still need an analgesic that’s effective while causing minimal/bearable side effects. ...Read more

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2yr old female cranky, excessive sleeping, not eating or drinking hardly. No fever but feels hot. Should she go into er?

2yr old female cranky, excessive sleeping, not eating or drinking hardly. No fever but feels hot. Should she go into er?

Call your doctor: If your child is acting significantly different than usual, you should call your doctor. There may be a viral infection, ear infection, or other issue, but her doctor will need to evaluate her. ...Read more

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Is excessive sleep in an 80 years old a warning sign for a stroke? Given that we have high INR level? And trying to maintain it using coumadin (warfarin).

Is excessive sleep in an 80 years old a warning sign for a stroke? Given that we have high INR level? And trying to maintain it  using coumadin (warfarin).

No.: Stroke does not have warning signs except for transient neurologic symptoms which are only recognized as transient in retrospect. Sleeping is not a warning sign nor is it associated with elevated inr. You should have had a frank discussion with your provider about the risks and benefits of Coumadin (warfarin) therapy using the chadsvasc and possibly hasbled scoring systems. ...Read more

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Elderly dementia male excessive sleeping, no breakfast or lunch, losing weight. Drank 32 oz milkshake, 1/2 sandwich, little soup, water. Enuf food?

Elderly dementia male excessive sleeping,  no breakfast or lunch, losing weight.  Drank 32 oz milkshake, 1/2 sandwich, little soup, water.  Enuf food?

Poor nutrition in: the diet you mention, not the amount that is the real issue. Please see a nutritionist who can help you create a good food plan. Every meal needs to contain protein, fats, and carbs. Lots of good fats helpful to the brain. These are things like olive oil, coconut oil. Check w/doc first. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Wet cough that's been lingering in almost 4 month baby for weeks. Previously had RSV(hospitalized). Lethargic, fussy, and excessive sleeping. Concern?

Wet cough that's been lingering in almost 4 month baby for weeks. Previously had RSV(hospitalized). Lethargic, fussy, and excessive sleeping. Concern?

Needs Evaluation: With the babies persistent cough, previous need for hospitalization, and new onset symptoms of lethargy I would definitely see your pediatrician as soon as possible for a full workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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Elderly pt w/broken knee cap. Sleeping excessively at SNF. Can use of pain killers cause excessive sleep? If so, what kind of pain killers are it?

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Elderly pt w/broken knee cap.  Sleeping excessively at SNF.  Can use of pain killers cause excessive sleep?  If so, what kind of pain killers are it?

Pain relievers: There are several common types of pain killers, ranging from acetaminophen/paracetamol to NSAIDs to tramadol to opioids. Side effects of the last 2 include sedation & sleepiness. Plus death in overdose. Acetaminophen can be bad for liver in excess while NSAIDs are worrisome for kidney disease & stomach ulcers. Best to discuss w/patient's doctor. ...Read more

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Migraine with lethargy, excessive sleeping, neck pain, and have NO energy. Different from other migraines. What is this?

Migraine with lethargy, excessive sleeping, neck pain, and have NO energy. Different from other migraines. What is this?

It is migraine: a serious and complex neurologic disorder. Headache, vertigo, visual disturbances nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, dizziness, neck pain, stomach nose bleeding and parasthesias are common symptoms. This condition must be professionally managed. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation to avoid unnecessary future pain and suffering. ...Read more

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Elderly dementia pt not excessively sleeping prior to going to a SNF but now is. Reasons? Had surgery for broken knee cap. On pain killers.

Elderly dementia pt not excessively sleeping prior to going to a SNF but now is. Reasons?  Had surgery for broken knee cap. On pain killers.

Discuss w/attending: Chat w/attending physician & express your concerns about change in status. Review medications looking for ones that show up on Beers list (https://www.scanhealthplan.com/media/1743/printablebeerspocketcard.pdf) - excess opioids can cause confusion & sedation. Review labs. Since knee caps don't typically break spontaneously but as result of trauma, consider repeat head CT for subdural hematoma ...Read more