Feeling Overly Tired or Sleepy During the Day?
Your daytime sleepiness may be due to a medical condition. You may need to talk to your doctor about it.
Almost everyone feels sleepy during the day now and then. Feeling tired or sleepy during the day usually comes from not getting enough sleep at night. This is why most people feel better when they get more sleep.
Other people are so sleepy that they can’t stay awake during the day—even after what most people would consider a full night’s sleep. If this sounds like you, you may have excessive daytime sleepiness, a symptom that should be discussed with your doctor.
Is Your Daytime Sleepiness Excessive?
Excessive daytime sleepiness makes it hard for a person to stay awake. Some people with excessive daytime sleepiness can even fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as while attending a meeting, at a movie, or watching TV. Many people with excessive daytime sleepiness have to take naps during the day.
Excessive daytime sleepiness can make it difficult to carry out normal daily activities, such as maintaining a regular work schedule, doing household tasks and chores, and engaging in family or social activities.
You can get help. Start now by completing the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, which can help adults find out if their level of daytime sleepiness may be considered excessive. By sharing your responses to this questionnaire with your physician, the two of you can determine how best to evaluate this symptom and what may be causing it.