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 am a female on antidepressants with a constant feeling of sleepiness, fatigue, lack of concentration, depression, and OCD. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have constant fatigue (i.e. nodding off 10-20 times a day). I constantly feel like sleeping all the time even when I wake up in the morning till lunch, then after lunch, I crash badly some days. I am exhausted every minute of the day. I always live in pain from a car accident that ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I would suggest you talk to your primary care general doctor. You need to get some tests done including CBC (complete blood count), basic metabolic profile, and thyroid function tests. We can discuss this further based on these test results...  Read Full »

I could not sleep for so many nights after a breakup. I have been feeling sleepy the whole day now. Please help me.

Query: Hi doctor,I do not know what the problem is with me. I worked, and then I left my job and started preparing for some exams. Currently, I am living with my parents. There is a boy, and I met him three years back. I fell in love, and he was in a relationship with someone. We confessed a few months ago...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to I understand your concern. Sometimes you do not have control over the situations and what others do, but what really matters is how you cope with it. The following suggestions can help you: Meditation daily for at least half an hour in the morning helps you relax an...  Read Full »

I experience tiredness and sleepiness by the mid-day and have been on SSRI. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am always tired and sleepy, and by mid of the day, I feel I need to lay down in my bed. Due to the nature of my work, I wake up early every day, but my lifestyle is sedentary. My CPC is normal; also, liver and kidney functions are normal, and glands are normal. But I have been on SSR...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You need to control the uptake of SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor); if not required, then try to lower the dosage or else take it on alternative days. Somehow SSRI causes lethargy as a side effect. So please take care of that. Apart from it, you should tak...  Read Full »

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 Narayanan Kutty

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 Ramji Kackar

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

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