If you feel like you’re operating in a dense fog most days, you may be suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness. This sleepiness is a telltale sign that something is wrong with your quality of sleep at night, which is why undergoing an overnight sleep study at ApneCare Sleep Lab is a good idea. With facilities in Mesa, Arizona, and Bakersfield, California, ApneCare Sleep Labs offer comprehensive testing that gets to the source of your daytime sleepiness. To learn more, call or book an appointment online.
Excessive daytime sleepiness is not a condition, but rather a symptom of any number of sleep problems. This symptom affects 20% of the population in the United States and can lead to both minor and major physical and mental issues. Daytime sleepiness is characterized by:
Daytime sleepiness is problematic because of the impact it has on your day-to-day life, affecting your ability to perform even the simplest of tasks. On a bigger scale, daytime sleepiness can be very dangerous, especially if you lack the alertness required to operate machinery (think driving). Its effect on your reflexes, your judgment, and your mental health cannot be underscored enough.
Among children, it can have a serious impact on their lives as they progress through critical developmental stages; they may be left behind if daytime sleepiness interferes.
There are a number of sleep disorders that cause daytime sleepiness, including:
While this list covers many of the sleep disorders that cause excessive daytime sleepiness, this symptom may also be brought about by certain medications, medical conditions, or behaviors that aren’t tied to sleep patterns.
The best reason why you should undergo a sleep study is to determine what’s behind your frustrating daytime sleepiness. If you and your physician have ruled out medications or an underlying medical condition, odds are it’s a disturbance in your sleep.
An overnight sleep study at ApneCare Sleep Lab goes a long way toward getting to the root of your problem because it monitors and records the following while you sleep:
The results of these tests provide you and your doctor with invaluable information in diagnosing the cause of your daytime sleepiness, which means you can begin treatment that will have you functioning normally again.
To learn more about the role of sleep studies in treating daytime sleepiness, call ApneCare Sleep Lab or schedule a visit using the online booking tool.