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Excessive Sleeping (Overview)

Oversleeping is a symptom in which one sleeps more than average and does not feel rested upon awaking. It can be due to a number of physical and mental health issues such as sleep apnea and depression.


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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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Excessive Sleeping (Overview)

Oversleeping is a symptom in which one sleeps more than average and does not feel rested upon awaking. It can be due to a number of physical and mental health issues such as sleep apnea and depression.


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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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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Go to sleep at the same time every day
Once
Wake up at the same time every day
daily
Don't drink alcohol before bedtime
daily
Use your bed only for sleep (and sex)
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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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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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Living with Sleep Apnea (Checklist)

Use your CPAP regularly
Once
Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
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Don't drink alcohol
Once
Never drive when you're sleepy
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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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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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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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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

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Hi and thanks in advance. Is excessive sleep, sleep attacks, grinding teeth, and itchy face and scalp caused by my ocd, depression and anxiety?

Hi and thanks in advance. Is excessive sleep, sleep attacks, grinding teeth, and itchy face and scalp caused by my ocd, depression and anxiety?

Most likely: All the symptoms you are referring to are anxiety related, certainly the teeth grinding , unspecified dermatitis.. the sleep excess or sleep attacks would require further evaluation though questioning and history taking for them to be properly diagnosed. I recommend you to do a formal psychiatric consult. ...Read more

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Two days ago drank too much beer and ever since have very frequent urination, excessive sleep, loss of appetite and sore penis. Not like hangover?

GET CHECKED/CUT ALCO: It has been two days since you drank too much beer and still have symptoms of excessive urination, loss of appetite and sore penis. I will suggest you get checked by your doctor.Sore penis can not be from drinking beer.And please stop drinking too much alcohol as it can cause many health problems.If you can not do on your own get professional help or join aa. ...Read more

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8 year old sweats excessively. During sleep, hair is saturated & beads of sweat on face. During play, his face drips with sweat. Friends not sweating.?

8 year old sweats excessively. During sleep, hair is saturated & beads of sweat on face. During play, his face drips with sweat. Friends not sweating.?

Hyperhidrosis: Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably. People with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when the temperature is cool or when they are at rest. There are also medical canditions that can cause this condition like: thyroid disease, heart disease, medications, lung disease and others. ...Read more

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Is one 5mg Valium each night for sleep excessive?

Is one 5mg Valium each night for sleep excessive?

Depends,: The dose that's right for you should be determined by your md after a good evaluation of your insomnia. Insomnia is a very common disorder, sometimes caused by other disorders like depression. In this case your treatment may an antidepressant instead. ...Read more

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Can sleeping excessively give u an occular migraine?

Sleep and migraine: Yes, both lack of sleep and too much sleep may precipitate migraine. Weekend headaches are nearly always migraines. ...Read more

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I've been suffering from a depressive episode, sleeping excessively & having trouble studying. What should I do to help myself push through?

If 2 weeks see a Dr: Fred, A Major Depressive Disorder lasts for at least 2 weeks with problems in concentration sleep and down feelings much as you have descibed, See a Mental Health profesional if this is happening for this duration. If this is less than 2 weeks, perhaps you need to take a break from from your studies, get some fresh air, do some exercise, meditate, see a Movie etc. In short, find some stress relief ...Read more

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Is drooling to much something to worry about my daughter is 5yrs old, and she drools excessively in her sleep. I know people drool while they are asleep, but she drools a whole lot more than the average person. It is to the point that she leaves very visi

Is drooling to much something to worry about my daughter is 5yrs old, and she drools excessively in her sleep. I know people drool while they are asleep, but she drools a whole lot more than the average person. It is to the point that she leaves very visi

Get an exam: I recommend seeing your dentist, oral surgeon, or otolaryngologist. Saliva is very important for the health of teeth, however she may be a mouth breather at night possibly due to an obstruction with her nasal passages, or her jaw/teeth not aligning properly leaving her mouth wide open during sleep. ...Read more

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I am in tears.Sick ten days now, mainly in bed.Not improving.Drs say give it more time? Fever up to 100dgrs, aching, sleeping excessive, no appetite, etc

I am in tears.Sick ten days now, mainly in bed.Not improving.Drs say give it more time? Fever up to 100dgrs, aching, sleeping excessive, no appetite, etc

Go to ER: Call your best friend to take you in to hospital. You sound stable but stalled with this illness. Regardless, dehydration likely is a contributor and intravenous fluids will be a benefit. Imaging and blood work will help your docs come to a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Baby has been sleeping excessively after her 8 weeks immunization and also refusing to eat. Should i be concerned? She took dtap and hep b

Baby has been sleeping excessively after her 8 weeks immunization and also refusing to eat. Should i be concerned? She took dtap and hep b

Reaction to vaccine: Being lethargic & refusing to eat is a sign of illness in young infants, wheather this is due to her vaccinations or she is getting sick due to other reasons you should take her back to her pediatrician ASAP. I hope she gets better soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you point me in a direction to start? I have no energy, fatigue, excessive need to sleep, body aches from neck to s spine, completely drained?

Can you point me in a direction to start?  I have no energy, fatigue, excessive need to sleep, body aches from neck to  s spine, completely drained?

Family Doc: Your friendly family pcp is always the best place to start! you are tired, tired, tired, and have up and down back pain. Further history & physical are first; then bloodwork (cbc, cmp, tsh). If normal, you're not depressed, and fibromyalgia has been ruled out; then try the next level. Your meds may need to be changed and a sleep study or cardiac/gi eval may be in order. We are the puzzle-solvers! ...Read more

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I'm on prednisolone 10 mg down from 40 to control crohns. Is there anything that can helpe counteract the excessive sweating during sleep and day?

I'm on prednisolone 10 mg down from 40 to control crohns. Is there anything that can helpe counteract the excessive sweating during sleep and day?

No: This will go away with tapering of prednisone. It also usually improves with time. The best way to treat this is to begin long term treatment for Crohns which will avoid the need for prednisone. Sorry I don't have a better option for you ...Read more

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My husband has excessive movements when he sleeps. Does he need a sleep study ?

Possibly: Restless leg syndrome is common. It means that the nervous system is irritable. There may be other sleep disorders so a sleep study is not a bad idea. ...Read more

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I have a difficult time regulating my body temperature. I burn up and sweat excessively, even in my sleep lately. ?

I have a difficult time regulating my body temperature. I burn up and sweat excessively, even in my sleep lately.  ?

See doctor: Have you gained weight or using more alcohol caffeine.Also have you had a check up and had your thyroid checked.Any new medications?Any recent travel or change in diet?Any fevers or recent illneses?It sounds like a recent change therefore need to follow up your doctor to get these things checked out. ...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