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Excessive Sleepiness Specialist

Synaptrx Sleep

Sleep Medicine Specialists & Pulmonary Medicine located in St. Paul, MN & West St. Paul, MN

It’s not unusual to have days where you feel tired, especially after a night of restless sleep. But about 20% of people have excessive sleepiness, which may interfere with daytime responsibilities like work or school. Jagdeep Bijwadia, MD, and the team at Synaptrx Sleep in St. Paul, Minnesota, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of excessive sleepiness. They use advanced diagnostic tools to find the root cause of your condition to create an effective treatment plan. To schedule a consultation, call the office and speak with a friendly team member or book online today. Virtual consultations are available.

Excessive Sleepiness Q&A

What is excessive sleepiness?

Excessive sleepiness isn’t a diagnosis, but a symptom of an underlying health condition or issue. It’s a common complaint that causes you to feel excessively drowsy and groggy during the day. Your sleepiness may interfere with your day-to-day life and responsibilities.

Many people who visit Synaptrx Sleep have complaints of excessive sleepiness. 

What are the symptoms of excessive sleepiness?

Excessive sleepiness typically causes you to feel overly tired and sluggish during the day. These feelings even occur after you get a good night’s rest.  

Other symptoms of excessive sleepiness may include:

  • Difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Falling asleep during activities
  • Not feeling refreshed after a nap
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Low mood 
  • Disinterest in usual activities

Because excessive sleepiness symptoms are similar to common health issues, such as fatigue and depression, it can be difficult getting the right diagnosis. 

What causes excessive sleepiness?

There are many conditions that may cause excessive sleepiness. This includes:

  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Side effect of medication
  • Lifestyle habits

In some cases, there’s no known cause for excessive sleepiness. This is called idiopathic hypersomnia. 

What happens during an excessive sleepiness consultation?

When you visit Synaptrx Sleep for help with your excessive sleepiness, the team conducts in-depth clinical exams to find the root cause of your symptoms.

During your evaluation, your provider asks detailed questions about your sleep habits, symptoms, medical history, type of medications you take, daily stresses, usual diet, and other lifestyle habits.

They also perform a physical exam and run diagnostic tests to better understand your health. The team at Synaptrx Sleep may also request a sleep study to confirm or rule out a sleep disorder that may explain your excessive sleepiness. 

Synaptrx Sleep uses NightOwl® by Ectosense for at-home sleep studies.  

How is excessive sleepiness treated?

Treatment for your excessive sleepiness focuses on the underlying cause. 

The team at Synaptrx Sleep spends time educating you about your diagnosis and how it interferes with your sleep. They also discuss all of your treatment options so you can make an informed decision about your care. 

Their approach to medicine aims to help you play an active role in your health and treatments. 

Your treatment plan may include help creating a healthy sleep routine, lifestyle modifications, and disease-specific medication. For sleep apnea, Synaptrx Sleep provides continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, which includes helping you get the equipment and supplies.

Excessive sleepiness is a common sleep complaint. To get the answers you need, schedule an appointment with the sleep medicine experts at Synaptrx Sleep by phone or online today.