Problem Sleepiness (cont.)
In this Article
- Problem sleepiness facts*
- What is problem sleepiness?
- What are the symptoms of problem sleepiness?
- What causes problem sleepiness?
- Sleep-wake cycle
- Inadequate sleep
- Sleep disorders
- Medical conditions/drugs
- Problem sleepiness and adolescents
- Shift work and problem sleepiness
- What treatments and remedies can help for problem sleepiness?
- Find a local Sleep Specialist in your town
Certain medical conditions and drugs, including prescription medications, can also disrupt sleep and cause problem sleepiness. Examples include:
- Chronic illnesses such as asthma, congestive heart failure, rheumatoid arthritis, or any other chronically painful disorder;
- Some medications to treat high blood pressure, some heart medications, and asthma medications such as theophylline;
- Alcohol-Although some people use alcohol to help themselves fall asleep, it causes sleep disruption during the night, which can lead to problem sleepiness during the day. Alcohol is also a sedating drug that can, even in small amounts, make a sleepy person much more sleepy and at greater risk for car crashes and performance problems;
- Caffeine-Whether consumed in coffee, tea, soft drinks, or medications, caffeine makes it harder for many people to fall asleep and stay asleep. Caffeine stays in the body for about 3 to 7 hours, so even when taken earlier in the day it can cause problems with sleep at night; and
- Nicotine from cigarettes or a skin patch is a stimulant and makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
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