Daytime Sleepiness

Daytime sleepiness is the feeling of being tired or drowsy during the day. It keeps the person with a low level of energy and makes you feel so exhausted that it interferes with work, school, and possibly even the relationships and day-to-day functioning.

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I feel sleepy and tired all the time, even after adequate sleep. Why so?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had trouble waking up and often feel that my sleep is inadequate. I wake up with headaches and confusion. I go to bed around 9 to 10 PM and wake up at 8:30 AM. Still, I feel like my sleep is not sufficient. I have been told that I talk during sleep every night and also experience s...  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest the following: 1) Get screened for obstructive sleep apnoea if you have snoring, are obese, and feel sleepy. 2) Ask your doctor if you can reduce the dose of tablet Arpizol (Aripiprazole) to 2 mg. It could cause sleepiness, head...  Read Full »

I sleep all the time, even during office hours, and the tablet Modalert does not work. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am sleeping excessively, and sometimes it interferes with driving. After a doctor's consultation, I had a tablet Modalert (Modafinil), 200 mg. Initially, it worked well, but now it does not work. I am sleeping in my office also. I frequently experience leg pain (starting from the thigh)....  Read Full »

Dr. Abhaya Kant Tewari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. You have something called excessive daytime sleepiness. The causes of the same are many. A greater detailed history will be required to conclude the cause, like sleep apnea, narcolepsy, depression, certain medications, hypothyroidism, etc. Just taking the tablet...  Read Full »

My child has a fever, cough, and cold and sleeps all the time. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby has had a fever, cough, and cold for more than a week now. I had him checked a few days back. I took an x-ray, but the results were negative. His complete blood count is also negative. He only breastfeeds and does not eat well. He is taking Clarithromycin, Asmacaire, Alnix, and...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please document fever with a thermometer. If the thermometer shows a temperature above 100 degrees fahrenheit, it is considered a fever and needs treatment. No treatment is required if the temperature is below 100 degrees fahrenheit. Consi...  Read Full »

I have felt tired and sleepy all the time for the past three months. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34-year-old male. I have felt tired and sleepy all the time for three months now. I lost weight from 75kg to 70kg. Sometimes I feel exhausted on the chair at work in seconds. I cannot keep my eyes open. I am not suffering from any other disease or taking any medication.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The symptoms you described are commonly seen in thyroid diseases, diabetes, anemia, drug-induced and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is less common given your age and weight (more common in the elderly and obese). Since you mentioned you do not take any medication, ...  Read Full »

Why do I suddenly fall asleep at any time and have difficulty staying awake during the daytime?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 27-year-old female, and I started to fall asleep randomly. It is difficult for me to stay awake during the daytime even though I sleep well during the night. I fall asleep even in the shower. I am worried that I am going to crash while driving. It already happened once, and I wen...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi,Welcome to you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from falling asleep suddenly anywhere and in any situation.According to your description, you may suffer from narcolepsy, a neurological disorder that can affect the...  Read Full »

Can medications keep me active during the daytime?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an IT assistant. I am facing sleepy days. I am feeling drowsy the whole day and feeling headache. I used to be awake until late at night and sleep late. But nowadays, I am sleeping eight or nine hours a day. I feel sleepy and feel tired after half day. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayankutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly I need to assure you that the sleep disturbances that you are experiencing are because of not having a routine in your sleep timings. You need to understand that your profession is such that you may have tedious work hours and cause an excessive amount of str...  Read Full »

Why am I always tired during the day and awake at night?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29-year-old female who works the night shift. I have trouble with excessive sleepiness during the daytime and recurring sleep loss at night. I cannot sleep during the day, and I struggle to concentrate and to be alert. I also have trouble remembering things. My mood often changes ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Kackar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Can you change your work shift?   Read Full »

Why am I getting excessive sleepiness during day time even after having full night sleep?

Query: Hi doctor, I have excessive sleepiness throughout the day eventhough I get a full night sleep. I have this problem for many years. I cannot understand my sleep study result. Kindly explain it.   Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your sleep study suggests that you do not have obstructive sleep apnea. Your REM (rapid eye movement) sleep (a phase of sleep during which you dream) is less than normal. You have multiple episodes of waking during the night and your sleep is not continuous. Both these ...  Read Full »

How to fix my son's sleep deprivation at night?

Query: Hello doctor, This is for my 19-year-old son who has been struggling with not being able to regulate his sleep schedule for several years. He is up all night and sleeps all day. He consulted a sleep specialist once. He suggested sleep modifications but they did not work. This has really not allo...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sleep disorders to the extent like your son which is continuing for so long and it is not getting better need a evaluation in my opinion. 1) Thyroid function test. 2) Serum vitamin B12 are the basic blood tests need to be taken. Sleep modifications is must and do ...  Read Full »

Why are some people still tired after taking a nap?

Query: Hello doctor, Why are some people still tired after taking a nap? Does the length of the nap matter? Is there a cutoff time where it reaches a diminishing return? Are some people's bodies just not suitable for naps? How do you plan the perfect nap?   Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The short nap is not hazardous at all. It cannot lead to tiredness. Even a short nap can help in relieving tiredness. So do not worry regarding taking a nap. In the afternoon, 30 minutes to one hour nap is best one to relieve your fatigue. If you feel tired more easily ...  Read Full »

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