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Q. My son is feeling sleepy all the time. What is his problem?

Answered by
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 02, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

My son of 23 years is feeling sleepy all the time, walks while sleeping, sleeps while standing and falls asleep while traveling in a car. He has concentration problems and very irritable. He is overweight. Of late, even his speech is not very clear. What is the problem? Which specialty doctor should I consult for treatment?

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  • Does he snore? Is he having problems like interrupted sleep, morning headaches? Is his TSH normal?
  • Most likely, he is having sleep apnea. It is a condition characterized by temporary cessation of respiration in sleep leading to interrupted sleep, low oxygen levels in blood and multiple symptoms which you mentioned.
  • Now, it is important to get a TSH test (thyroid stimulating hormone) and make sure it is in a normal range. Then, visit either a sleep specialist or pulmonary medicine who looks after these conditions.
  • They will do test like polysomnography and also rule out other sleep disorder like narcolepsy (excess daytime sleepiness).
  • Till that ask him to do regular exercises, sleep hygiene like going to bed on time, avoid caffeinated drinks at bedtime or anything that will disturb his sleep should be avoided.
  • Avoid high calorie and fatty food. Weight loss is the best treatment and CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure) might have to be used.

For further information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

Hi doctor,

Yes, he snores.

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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Then, he should be evaluated for sleep apnea. Please consult a specialist doctor soon.

For further doubts consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician


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