Daytime Sleepiness

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Daytime Sleepiness

Daytime Sleepiness is also called Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS)


Daytime Sleepiness

Daytime Sleepiness: is an uncontrollable urges to sleep in inappropriate places and time such as while driving, while at work, during a meal, or in conversations or during meeting as seen here. This make them  a problem to face in the social circle.



Daytime Sleepiness

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Daytime Sleepiness

Daytime Sleepiness | Tiredness | is an occasional, or sometime an irresistible compulsion to sleep at non appropriate time and place.


Daytime Sleepiness

Daytime Sleepiness taking away the image of studiousness.

Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is characterized by persistent sleepiness & often a general lack of energy. This is the case even during the daytime and after presumed adequate and prolonged nighttime sleep. EDS encompass a broad condition including several sleep disorders where increased sleep is a symptom. Or that this may includes many other disorder such as the narcolepsy, sleep apnoea, or a circadian rhythm disorder.

Some persons with EDS, not all, and many including those with the hypersomnias (with such conditions like narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia), are compelled to nap repeatedly during the day. They tends fighting off irresistible and increasingly strong urges to sleep. Unfortunately such sleep occurs at or  during inappropriate times such as while driving, while at work, during a meal, or in conversations. This make them  a problem to face in the social circle.

As the compulsion to sleep intensifies, the ability to complete tasks sharply diminishes, often mimicking the appearance of intoxication. This makes them faces challenges to continue to be employed. During occasional unique and/or stimulating circumstances, a person with EDS can sometimes remain animated, awake and alert, for brief or even for an extended periods of time.

EDS can thus be seen to affect the ability to function a normal life in family, social, occupational, or other settings.

It is therefore, a proper diagnosis should be done for the underlying cause. And with this only then can treat the symptoms and/or the underlying cause can help mitigate such complications.

Daytime Sleepiness: Diagnosis EDS

Daytime Sleepiness diagnosis may not be straight forward a sit seems.

An adult who is compelled to nap repeatedly during the day may have excessive daytime sleepiness; however, it is important to distinguish between occasional daytime sleepiness and chronic occurring excessive daytime sleepiness, which is more pathological.

The Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) is also used to quantitatively assess daytime sleepiness. This test is performed in a sleep diagnostic center. The test is similar to the MSLT. However, during this test the patient is instructed to try to stay awake.

Daytime Sleepiness: Causes of EDS

Establishing the Daytime Sleepiness where its causes is concerned is most important.

EDS can be a symptom of a number of factors and disorders. Specialists in sleep medicine are trained to diagnose them. Some are:

  • Inadequate both in quality as well as the quantity of sleep during the night.
  • Misalignments of the body’s internal biological clock, the circadian pacemaker with the external environment (e.g. circadian rhythm sleep disorders, people working on shift and traveler with jet lag after travelling across several time zones).
  • Another underlying sleep disorders (such as narcolepsy, sleep apnea, idiopathic hypersomnia or restless legs syndrome).
  • Disorders such as various types of depressions, be it clinical depression or other atypical depression.
  • Tumors growth, head injury/trauma, anemia, kidney failure, hypothyroidism or an injury to the central nervous system(CNS).
  • Different types of drug abuse.
  • Genetic predisposition for some.
  • Vitamin deficiency, such as Biotin deficiency.
  • Different prescription and even over the counter (OTC) medications.


Daytime Sleepiness: Treatment

Proper treatment of Daytime Sleepiness is of utmost important.

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