A person is said to suffer from the problem of excessive sleepiness when he or she faces trouble in waking up in the morning, takes naps that don't get rid of sleepiness and is unable to stay awake. Problems with thinking, irritability and loss of appetite are other signs that are often associated with this condition. When it comes to causes, conditions such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy or restless leg syndrome can cause this condition. Other causes can be physical activity, alcohol use, smoking, obesity and use of certain medications. If the problem is allowed to develop uninterrupted, it can cause health problems like heart disease, stroke, dementia and diabetes.
HOW IS SLEEPINESS DIAGNOSED?
The intake of caffeine has been found to cut down one's sleep time, bring about changes in the sleep stages as well as affect the quality of one's sleep.