What is Excessive Daytime Sleepiness?

If you chronically feel tired and sleepy throughout the day, as if you haven’t gotten enough sleep, you may be like the millions of other Americans who suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). While EDS is a health concern in and of itself, it may also be symptomatic of a greater health problem, sleep apnea. Knowing if or when you should attribute daytime drowsiness to EDS is an important step in addressing this serious health issue.

To establish whether or not you may be experiencing EDS, it is best to consult a doctor. However, there are a few questions worth considering if you’re on the fence about making an appointment:

  • Do you wake up to your alarm feeling like you could use at least another hour of sleep?
  • Are you sleepy while at work or when driving your car?
  • Do you wish you could take long naps during the day?
  • Is it difficult for you to focus on tasks?
  • Do you have trouble remembering recent events or other problems with forgetfulness?
  • Are you subject to mood swings?

Experiencing any of these effects of EDS can be detrimental to your well-being and that of others. It can impact your job performance and even endanger people’s lives due to otherwise avoidable motor vehicle accidents.

Other Potential Health Consequences of EDS

Beyond the health risks already mentioned, there are other severe consequences that can result from leaving EDS and its greater cause untreated. If you continue to endure the debilitating effects of a sleep disorder like sleep apnea without seeking adequate treatment, you may be at risk of developing the following:

  • A weakened immune system
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease

To avoid serious consequences to your health, you should seek help immediately. For questions regarding sleep apnea and its treatments, contact My CPAP Club today. If you are already suffering major health problems, make sure to talk to your primary care physician.

Allison Wrightenberry
Allison Wrightenberry