Your eyelids feel heavy. You nod off at work or at school. You fight to keep your eyeballs open while driving.
Many people feel drowsy during the day occasionally. It’s almost a given considering our “always-on” modern lifestyles. However, an estimated 20 percent of the population experiences perpetual chronic daytime sleepiness. This means they struggle to stay awake almost every day.
What is Excessive Daytime Sleepiness?
This harmful ailment is called Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS) or Excessive Sleepiness (ES). It is more than typical tiredness. A person who experiences it has to fight to stay alert. Their head may drop and they may momentarily doze off. They may have difficulty staying focused.
Imagine how frustrating and dangerous it would be! Perhaps you suffer from this condition and know perfectly what it’s like. If this describes how you feel most days, we urge you to call Houston Sleep Solutions at the number below to schedule a sleep consultation.
Is Excessive Daytime Sleepiness a disease?
The medical community doesn’t designate EDS as a disease. They define it as a symptom. This means it is caused by a recognized, diagnosable disease, condition, or disorder. In other words, if you suffer from EDS, you most likely have a sleep disorder or medical condition.
What are the possible causes of Excessive Sleepiness?
Not surprisingly, EDS is most often caused by a malady that limits sleep. According to the Sleep Foundation, the following are possible causes of EDS:
- Sleep apnea
- Deliberately choosing not to sleep (We’re looking at you, Netflix!)
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders (jet lag or irregular work shifts)
- Lack of quality sleep
- Chronic pain
What should you do if you suspect you suffer from EDS?
Call Houston Sleep Solutions at the number below to schedule a sleep consultation. We look forward to meeting you and helping you get on the path to a healthier tomorrow.
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