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Falling asleep unintentionally or fight to stay awake

Abstract: Falling asleep at daytime or problems to avoid unintentional sleep

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Falling asleep unintentionally or fight to stay awake

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Written by: Martin Winkler
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 27 Aug 2008.

Did you fall asleep unintentionally or did you have to fight to stay awake during the day?

Answer:

If you have problems to stay awake during daytime or you fall asleep unintentionally it is important to get a clinical diagnosis immediately.

Many people hesitate to see a doctor despite the fact that they are not able to read a newspaper or a journal without falling asleep. Some people unintentionally fall asleep driving a car or at work. There are different causes for this type of sleeping disorder but all of them need a diagnosis and have different therapy options.

If you can exclude a lack of sleep due to a restriction of your normal sleeping time you need to find out why you have these severe impairments of daily life. Some of the possible reasons include:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Idiopathic hypersomnia
  • Severe medical conditions (thyreoid disorder, chronic infection, tumors, auto immune disorders, diabetes)
  • Intoxication by drugs
  • Interaction or side effects of prescribed medication
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