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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?


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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