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What to Do About Excessive Sleepiness

Everyone has a sleepy or sluggish day from time to time. But if you find that you’re exhausted on a regular basis, it could be an indication of excessive sleepiness.

Excessive sleepiness is a common problem that affects roughly 20% of the American population. And it can lead to a myriad of larger issues such as drowsy driving, depression and anxiety, weight gain, and just a deterioration in your mood and productivity.

So how do you know if you have excessive sleepiness, and what can you do? It starts by looking for these common symptoms and causes.

Signs of Excessive Sleepiness

Excessive sleepiness is likely an issue if you have noticed any of the following common indicators on a fairly regular basis.

Do you:

  • Have trouble waking up in the morning?
  • Feel sleepy at work, during your commute, or at other times of the day when you should be wide awake?
  • Take naps but still feel tired afterwards?
  • Have trouble with your memory, ability to focus, and thinking through problems or tasks?
  • Have a loss or increase in appetite?
  • Notice a shift in mood with increased irritability or anxiety?
  • Find that your sleep schedule has drastically changed, and you are sleeping much more or much less?
  • Feel that no matter what you do, you can’t seem to “catch up” on sleep, despite sleeping more during the day or night?


Causes of Excessive Sleepiness

The cause of your excessive sleepiness may be vague and undefined. But more often than not, it is linked with an underlying sleeping condition or disorder.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a prime culprit when it comes to excessive sleepiness, as it is a very common problem, and interferes with the quality and amount of your rest.

Loud snoring, morning headaches, and excessive sleepiness are all symptoms of OSA. And they are telltale signs of a larger problem with your sleep at hand.

Other sleeping disorders that may lead to excessive sleepiness include narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome (RLS), or insomnia.

But note that these conditions are not as common as obstructive sleep apnea, and affect a much smaller segment of the population. Mood disorders such as depression or anxiety can also cause excessive sleepiness. However it can be difficult to initially identity which condition causes the other, as your mood and your ability to sleep well are inherently linked.


What to Do If You Might Have Excessive Sleepiness

The best thing you can do if you suspect you have excessive sleepiness is to get to the root cause of the problem.

Start with an easy-to-use, at-home diagnostic test for obstructive sleep apnea. It’s a convenient way to either identify or rule out this common sleeping disorder. From there, you may want to consult your physician or a sleep specialist, who will help you pinpoint the problem, and secure the appropriate treatment.


Excessive sleepiness can be detrimental to your productivity, your outlook, your ability to function, and even your life. And as such, it’s a problem that should never be ignored. Keep an eye out for the signs of both excessive sleepiness and its root causes, and seek treatment as soon as possible to get back to your normal, happy, and energized self.

We can help you start to feel better. Contact us today.

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What to Do About Excessive Sleepiness
Excessive sleepiness is a common problem, but what are the signs and causes? Read on to understand what it is, and how to get back to feeling energized.