Feeling abnormally sleepy or tired during the day is commonly known as drowsiness. Drowsiness may lead to additional symptoms, such as forgetfulness or falling asleep at inappropriate times.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF DROWSINESS?
A variety of things may cause drowsiness. These can range from mental states and lifestyle choices to serious medical conditions.
Certain lifestyle choices may lead to increased drowsiness, such as working very long hours or switching to a night shift. In most cases, your drowsiness will reduce as your body adapts to your new schedule.
Drowsiness can also be a result of your mental, emotional, or psychological state
Depression can greatly increase drowsiness, as can high levels of anxiety or stress. Boredom is another known cause of drowsiness. If you are experiencing any of these mental conditions, you’re also likely to feel fatigued and suffer from apathy.
Some medical conditions can cause drowsiness. The most common is diabetes. Other conditions that may lead to drowsiness include those that cause chronic pain or affect your metabolism, such as hyponatremia (when the level of sodium in your blood is too low), or hypothyroidism. Finally, infectious mononucleosis (Mono) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are other well-known causes of drowsiness.
Many medications, particularly antihistamines, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills, list drowsiness as a possible side effect. These medications carry a warning against driving or operating machinery while consuming these drugs.
Talk to your doctor if you suffer from prolonged drowsiness due to your medications. They may prescribe an alternative or adjust your current dosage.
Excessive drowsiness without a known cause can be a sign of a sleeping disorder. There’s a range of sleeping disorders, and each has its own unique effects.
Sleep apnea is a disorder where a blockage in your upper airways creates pauses in your breathing throughout the night, causing you to wake up frequently with a choking sound. Other sleep disorders include narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and delayed sleep phase disorder.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING DROWSINESS, PLEASE INQUIRE AT THE FRONT WINDOW ABOUT SCHEDULING A NEUROLOGICAL EVALUATION.