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Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS)

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What is Excessive Daytime Sleepiness? Definition
What is Excessive Daytime Sleepiness? The Definition of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness: Excessive Daytime Sleepiness is excessive sleepiness during normal waking hours, an inability to stay awake. People experiencing EDS often experience prolonged amounts of night-time sleep and often have problems waking up in the morning.

After sleep they do not feel refreshed. The condition is often first recognised in teenagers and is prevalent in ages 15 - 30. This condition effects about 5% of people.

Alternative Names for Excessive Daytime Sleepiness?
Other names or references to Excessive Daytime Sleepiness include:

  • Somnolence
  • Hypersomnia
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Dyssomnia
  • Sleeplessness
  • Wakefulness

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Symptoms
What are the symptoms of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness? What are the effects? The symptoms of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Low energy levels
  • Slurred speech
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Constant yawning
  • Hallucinations
  • Drowsiness
  • Daytime fatigue - frequent naps during the day
  • Reduction in memory
  • Reduced mental performance and control
  • Reduced awareness
  • Mood Changes
  • Shaking or Tremors
  • Irritability

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Causes
What are the causes of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness? The causes of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness may include the following:

  • EDS can also be a symptom of other sleep disorders
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Medical conditions including MS, Depression, Obesity and Epilepsy
  • A genetic predisposition to EDS

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Treatment / Remedies / Medication / Cures
What is used as a treatment, remedy, cure or medication for Excessive Daytime Sleepiness? The following info is not a substitute for a medical assessment or diagnostic procedure, but serves as a useful guide to help focus future discussions. The Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Treatment / Remedies / Medication may include the following:

  • Mild cases require no treatment
  • Herbal / Alternative treatments - Ginseng, Lavender oil, Valerian
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Prescribed medication includes the following drug treatments:
    • Modafinil (Provigil)
    • gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (Xyrem)
    • Ritalin
    • Dexedrine
    • Adderall
    • Desoxyn
    • Cylert

The sole purpose of the article on a sleep disorder such as Excessive Daytime Sleepiness is to act as a reference guide to provide useful information regarding sleeping problems. It is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat Excessive Daytime Sleepiness or as a substitute for obtaining professional medical advice. Please remember that if you are in any doubt about your health please consult your medical practitioner immediately.

Facts about Sleep
Some interesting facts about sleep are as follows:

  • Fact 1: The average adult needs a total sleep time of 7 to 9 hours per day - it is not true that older people need less sleep
  • Fact 2: People can take cat naps with their eyes open without even being aware of it.

This information regarding sleep and sleeping disorders is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Dream Interpretation.org.uk disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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