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  • The Mind Body Foundation

Daytime Drowsiness can be caused by multiple underlying causes!

Myth: If you’re feeling drowsy during the day it means that you’ve not got enough sleep in the night

Fact: More often than not there is a potential medical, psychiatric or hormonal condition underlying daytime drowsiness.

Although lack of sleep at night can make one feel sleepy during the day, it is not the only cause. The continuous presence of daytime sleepiness is related to an underlying potential medical, psychiatric or hormonal condition.

A few are listed here for your reference

- Psychiatric conditions such as depression, schizophrenia and substance abuse

- Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea (snoring loudly and feeling tired even after a full night's sleep) and narcolepsy (excessive uncontrollable daytime sleepiness)

- Hormonal conditions such as severe premenstrual syndrome, hypothyroidism, increased progesterone levels during pregnancy and menopause all show daytime drowsiness.

One has to look into the hours of sleep got during the night, side effects of current medication and the frequency of daytime drowsiness experienced in order to get appropriate treatment. It is important to note that untreated sleep disorders (which includes daytime drowsiness) are most likely to result in a psychiatric condition.

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