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Daytime sleepiness

Also known as hypersomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness gets in the way of work and other daily activities. Daytime sleepiness is not a sleep disorder itself, but may be a symptom of an underlying problem such as a sleep disorder, a medical condition or poor sleep habits.

Our sleep specialists help identify the cause of daytime sleepiness and develop a personalized treatment plan, which may include certain medications and lifestyle changes.

What you should know about daytime sleepiness

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness is sometimes confused with fatigue or depression. Daytime sleepiness causes patients to feel drowsy and sluggish, while fatigue causes low energy and depression is characterized by a reduced desire to do every day or once-enjoyable activities.
  • Sleep specialists can diagnose the causes of daytime sleepiness by understanding lifestyle and sleep habits and/or by conducting a sleep study to rule out sleep disorders.

Why choose Geisinger for your daytime sleepiness treatment?

  • We offer quick scheduling of diagnostic sleep studies in our specially designed sleep centers so you can understand the cause of your condition as soon as possible.
  • Our sleep centers have round-the-clock scheduling options for shift workers so they can be tested during their normal sleeping times.
  • Our collaborative sleep team includes sleep specialists and specialty physicians in pulmonology, neurology, otolaryngology, psychiatry and dentistry.

Treatment options

Our sleep specialists understand the impact excessive daytime sleepiness can have on daily activities, job performance and relationships. Treatment for daytime sleepiness depends on what is causing it but can include:

  • Medication
  • Lifestyle modifications, including diet and exercise : such as losing weight, quitting smoking and doing pelvic muscle exercises

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