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

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Underlying cause

Excessive sleepiness in itself has limited risks primarily related to falling asleep when driving hurting oneself and others.
There are other risks related to the cause. It is not possible to list all the possible causes here, some of the more common are sleep apnea, depression, drug abuse, medication side effect, hypothyroidism, stroke, neurodegenerative disorders, poor sleep habits, narcolepsy.

In brief: Underlying cause

Excessive sleepiness in itself has limited risks primarily related to falling asleep when driving hurting oneself and others.
There are other risks related to the cause. It is not possible to list all the possible causes here, some of the more common are sleep apnea, depression, drug abuse, medication side effect, hypothyroidism, stroke, neurodegenerative disorders, poor sleep habits, narcolepsy.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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