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Old 11-05-2011, 08:39 PM
 
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Over the past few years I've developed the problem of being sleepy whenever I am sedentary. By that I mean if I am in meetings, watching a movie, sometimes at my desk at work, reading a magazine etc.

It doesn't seem to be related to how much sleep I get at night. I can get 10 hours or 5 hours and still struggle. It happens when I feel well-rested or if I'm tired. Is that normal? What could cause this?
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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sleep apnea?


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Old 11-05-2011, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Do you feel the same way when you're doing something you enjoy? It could just be boredom creating a sense of apathy/lethargy.
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:01 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Check your blood pressure? I never had a blood pressure issue, if anything it was below recommended normal (105/60) my entire life. About 4 years ago I began being tired all thing, so much so that I could barely make it up the stairs at night. Turned out that it had doubled.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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could also be your thyroid, depression, nutrition...

I guess I'd try the nutrition 1st. If you eat a lot of sweets, don't. They give an initial energy boost but then put you to sleep.

If that doesn't do it, guess it's time to see a dr.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:39 AM
 
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I am sleepy a lot even when I do what I love. I drink a lot of soda though, not really for the energy, just because I think it's so good. Then I guess I crash later if I stop drinking it.
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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A typical sleep apnea (which I have and which runs in my family) pattern is to twitch in your sleep, dream you are falling, and feel better as the day goes on. However, there are always atypical cases. A simple test your doctor can order is an overnight oximetry. You wear a finger probe taped to your finger, wired to a small box which records your heartbeat and oxygen level. The box is sent back and the recording interpreted. If necessary, a full sleep study is ordered.
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Old 11-06-2011, 05:20 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I've noticed a sugar connection to my sleepiness also. I have learned that it's a terrible idea to eat sweets and then get behind the wheel--I will get so impaired that it's dangerous and I'll have to pull off and take a nap. This has gotten worse as I've gotten older or else I just notice it more.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:04 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses so far. It could be boredom to some extent. When I'm engaged in something interesting it's not too bad. But even in movies that I really want to see, I have problems. Blood pressure and all vitals are good -- at least they were 6 months ago when I last checked.

I don't think it's directly related to sweets, but I'll have to watch for that. Maybe I'll go to a doctor, but it's more of a nuisance right now. The one area where it's a safety concern is on longer drives. There have been times when I've had to pull over and have someone else drive.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Carbs like potatoes, white bread?
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