You can relieve drowsiness by treating the cause of the problem. First, determine whether your drowsiness is due to depression, anxiety, boredom, or stress. If you are not sure, talk with your health care provider.
For drowsiness due to medicines, talk to your health care provider about switching or stopping your medicines. Never stop taking or change your medicine without first talking to your health care provider.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
The doctor will examine you to determine the cause of your drowsiness and ask about your sleep patterns and health. Questions may include:
How well do you sleep?
How much do you sleep?
Do you snore?
Do you fall asleep during the day when do not plan to nap (such as when watching TV or reading)? If so, do you awake feeling refreshed? How often does this happen
Are you depressed, anxious, stressed or bored
What medicines do you take?
What have you done to try to relieve the drowsiness? How well did it work?
What other symptoms do you have?
Tests that may be done include:
Blood tests (such as a CBC and blood differential, blood sugar level, electrolytes, and thyroid hormone levels)
David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.