Daytime Sleepiness

Daytime Sleepiness Specialist
If you’re often excessively tired during the day, you’re not alone — excessive daytime sleepiness affects more than 18% of adults. The interdisciplinary team at Sound Sleep Health, with convenient offices in Seattle and Kirkland, Washington, are passionate about treating your sleep disorder to improve your daily life. You deserve to feel well-rested and excited to tackle each day. Call or book your appointment online to take control of your sleep health today.

Daytime Sleepiness Q & A

What is daytime sleepiness?

Daytime sleepiness is a frustrating condition in which you don’t feel well-rested, and it’s difficult to stay awake. Some sufferers of daytime sleepiness simply don’t get enough sleep at night. Others get a full night of sleep but still feel excessively tired during the day. Daytime sleepiness can negatively affect your life, making it hard to focus and increasing irritability.

What causes daytime sleepiness?

Your daytime sleepiness could be caused by both lifestyle and medical reasons. People who are excessively sleepy may not get enough hours of sleep or practice poor sleep hygiene. Lifestyle habits that can lead to compromised sleep include:

  • Using an electronic device before bed
  • Excessive use of caffeine or alcohol

Some cases of daytime sleepiness are caused by medical disorders, including:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Head injury
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Narcolepsy
  • Parasomnia
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Medication side effects

Sleep disorders are often treatable through medication or therapy. A certified sleep specialist helps you diagnose and address these medical conditions.

How is daytime sleepiness diagnosed?

Your first sleep consultation focuses on discussing your overall sleep habits, lifestyle, and goals for your sleep health. The goal is to determine your symptoms, how much sleep you get at night, if you recall waking up during the night, and whether you fall asleep throughout the day. Once the sleep specialist understands your symptoms, you’ll be referred to further testing. Most often, testing can be conducted in the home. A sample of blood or urine may be required for additional testing. Occasionally, specialized testing may be required in the comfortable, well-equipped Sleep Center at Sound Sleep Health.

How is daytime sleepiness treated?

Treatment for daytime sleepiness varies depending on the exact cause of your disorder. If your sleep specialist finds an issue with your sleep schedule or sleep hygiene, you might need to change your habits around sleeping, including avoiding caffeine later in the day or aiming to add time to your sleep schedule each night.

Often, daytime sleepiness is caused by another medical disorder. If your sleep disorder has an underlying medical or psychological cause, you may be prescribed a medication or referred to an outside specialist for additional care. Your Sound Sleep Health provider also works with you to treat any underlying sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, through therapy, medication, or special equipment.

The Sound Sleep Health team expertly manages daytime sleepiness by creating custom treatment plans for their patients. Call or book online to regain the well-rested energy you deserve.

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