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Why You Shouldn't Ignore Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

Last updated 3 years ago

If you feel excessively sleepy during the day, you could be suffering from a disorder that hinders your ability to sleep through the night. Hypersomnia is a condition characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and prolonged periods of sleep at night. It is often a symptom of a sleep disorder or medical condition that should be addressed to improve your health and functionality. 

Symptom of a Larger Disorder
Excessive daytime sleepiness is typically a symptom of an underlying medical condition—often a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, or narcolepsy. Hypersomnia may also be caused by other conditions, such as autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, or fibromyalgia. Drug or alcohol abuse can also lead to excessive tiredness, reduced alertness, and an increased likelihood of falling asleep during the day. If you have been experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness for a prolonged period of time, talking to your physician or participating in a sleep study can help to identify the cause of your fatigue so you can begin treatment.

Disrupted Daily Function
Studies have shown that extreme sleep durations (either too much or too little sleep) can dramatically impact your quality of life. Excessive sleepiness during the day and frequent napping or sleeping late can affect your work, your social life, and even your safety. While hypersomnia itself is not a life-threatening condition, if you fall asleep while behind the wheel of a car or while operating machinery, you could put yourself and others in danger. Long periods of time spent sleeping can also cause you to miss work, school, or social functions. You may feel crabby, anxious, or frustrated due to feelings of fatigue, and it may also be hard to motivate yourself to exercise to maintain your health.

You can take charge of your sleep habits and your health with the help of Sleep Services of Maryland. We offer diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric sleep disorders seven nights a week, including home sleep study options. Click through our website or call us today at (240) 912-4683 to learn more.


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