Daytime Sleepiness

Your sleepiness could be a sinister sign

Are you living your days in a daze? You don’t have to let the zombie-like shroud of exhaustion suck the life out of life. Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS) is often tied to an issue with your Breathing Triangle: the crucial zone of your nose and throat. Like despicable thieves, snoring, nighttime congestion, sinusitis, mouth-breathing, and sleep apnea could be secretly robbing you of restful sleep and energy.

It’s time to confront these thieves and reclaim your vigor.

Daytime sleepiness is a productivity killer

Daytime sleepiness is a tug-of-war between constantly feeling tired, yet never being able to sleep enough to feel rested. You always feel drained, yet become more lethargic with inactivity. Your days are filled with brain-fog which sabotages productivity, yet your endless “to do list” taunts you at night. With 40% of adult Americans1 sleep-deprived, averaging two hours less sleep each night than 50 years ago, it's a common issue. Remarkably, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is often the cause of excessive daytime sleepiness and road accidents2. But there is hope, because OSA is easily treated.

Do I suffer from daytime sleepiness?

Having trouble keeping your eyes open right now? Then the answer may be ‘yes.’ Excessive Daytime Sleepiness remains underdiagnosed, underappreciated, and understudied. And our always-on, screen-focused, work-centered culture distracts us from prioritizing sleep. It’s no wonder why millions normalize the feeling of constant fatigue and are blinded from recognizing when daytime sleepiness could be a sign of a chronic condition—like obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic sleep disorder where the upper airway collapses frequently during sleep, resulting in intermittent suffocation and roof-rattling snoring. You basically suffocate momentarily as you sleep, until your body jolts itself awake so you can gasp for oxygen.

“Folks who have sleep apnea who aren’t getting treated, it’s not just the sleep part that you’re missing. That part is certainly ruining your life and that’s going to continue to happen. But the additional side effects: the heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, dementia… if you’re in that majority of folks who aren’t seeking treatment, those ticking time bombs will explode on you,” cautions Madan Kandula, MD, board-certified Otolaryngologist, Sinus and Sleep Surgeon.

Is daytime sleepiness a sign of something dangerous?

Chronic daytime sleepiness caused by obstructive sleep apnea can take a serious toll on your health and can lead to:

  • Cardiovascular3 and heart disease5,
  • High blood pressure6
  • Stroke
  • Obesity, diabetes and insulin resistance7
  • Anxiety, depression and memory impairment

More critically, conditions like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can usher in severe health issues5,6,7. The cost? A staggering $95 billion in healthcare8 and a $411 billion hole in the U.S. economy9 annually.

How is daytime sleepiness treated?

Managing daytime sleepiness depends on its root cause. If it’s sleep apnea, the first-line treatment is ensuring that your nasal airways including your nose and sinuses are working properly. You then have a better chance of successful treatment with minimally invasive solutions like oral appliance therapy to optimize your nighttime breathing.

ADVENT Can Help

1 in 10 OSA (1 in 10 have sleep apnea)
OSA Undiagnosed: 80% OSA undiagnosed
92% of ADVENT patients left a 4- or 5-star review on Google
Net Promoter: ADVENT has +88 NPS score
How it works

3 simple steps to getting the energy you crave:

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    1: Get Your Breathing Triangle Evaluation

    First, we listen. At your new patient appointment, you’ll discuss your symptoms and goals with a Sleep & Sinus Specialist. You’ll also get a thorough Breathing Triangle Evaluation to help identify any underlying issues.

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    2: Uncover the Root Cause

    Depending on your symptoms you may get an in-office CT scan or home sleep study to better understand the source of your daytime sleepiness.

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    3: Treat Your Daytime Sleepiness with Simple Solutions

    We offer several simple in-office options to ensure you have a healthy Breathing Triangle and to address your daytime sleepiness. Depending on your diagnosis, you may be a candidate for: Balloon Sinuplasty, Turbinate Reduction, Nasal Cryotherapy, Oral Appliance Therapy or CPAP.

Daytime sleepiness FAQs:

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Why do I feel sleepy during the day?

You may be sleep deprived from too little sleep, or tired because your sleep was fragmented. If you consistently feel sleepy during the day for several weeks, it could be beneficial to see a doctor to talk about your symptoms.

What are the health risks associated with excessive daytime sleepiness?

Short-term daytime sleepiness that results from a few nights of short or interrupted sleep could impact your reaction time, mood, ability to focus, make you more prone to making mistakes, and could put you at risk for drowsy driving.

Do I have a sleep disorder if I suffer from daytime sleepiness?

You might, especially if your daytime sleepiness is chronic and excessive, but only a thorough evaluation by your doctor or, preferably, a sleep specialist or ENT doctor can tell you for sure. 

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most prevalent sleep disorders among adults. One study conducted multi-night sleep studies on over 67,000 adults, and found that 23% of participants had OSA11.

What treatments are available for daytime sleepiness?

The best treatment for your daytime sleepiness depends on the cause. If you experience daytime sleepiness after a night or two of shortened or fragmented sleep, you could benefit from improving your sleep hygiene and even taking a low dose of melatonin to help you fall asleep.

How does ADVENT's approach to daytime sleepiness treatment differ from other ENT clinics and doctors?

“ADVENT’s approach to daytime sleepiness treatment differs from other ENT clinics and doctors because we focus on treating the root-cause of the problem, often determined by a Breathing Triangle® evaluation in conjunction with an at-home sleep study, and then use simple in-office procedures and/or devices to produce lasting results,” says Jacob Daniels, PA-C.

Why can't I fall asleep, even when I'm tired?

There are 6 common reasons why adults experience insomnia, including stress, taking too many naps, your sleep environment, and more.

Read more about these reasons, and what you can do if you can't fall asleep at night.

"ADVENT takes your daytime sleepiness complaints seriously. You will be recommended to have a home sleep study and we will then sit down and review the results with you and talk about treatment options."

Hillary Hinkson, PA-C

Physician Assistant

"ADVENT’s approach to daytime sleepiness treatment differs from other ENT clinics and doctors because we focus on treating the root-cause of the problem, often determined by a Breathing Triangle evaluation in conjunction with an at-home sleep study, and then use simple in-office procedures and/or devices to produce lasting results."

Jacob Daniels, PA-C

Physician Assistant

"Daytime sleepiness or fatigue is multifactorial as sleep can be affected by many aspects of one's life. It is important to be evaluated by a healthcare professional to see if there are any airway issues including sleep apnea and possibly have a sleep study done."

Megan Berendes, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Daytime Sleepiness

Real patient reviews:

Maureen
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My husband had balloon sinuplasty here at the Loop location on Jackson 12 weeks ago. All the P.A.'s and staff that we dealt with were wonderful. Had great results with no more snoring or breathing issues since the surgery. I would highly recommend this facility in particular and this surgery for anyone suffering from sleep apnea and failed rhinoplasty's. His breathing is so much better and getting a much better night sleep along with his energy back from breathing properly. GET IT DONE! ITS WORTH IT
Tim
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Fixed my nose! I had sinus surgery about 15 years ago... It did nothing but empty my wallet. ADVENT fixed my deviated septum & I am happy to be able to breathe better!
Sheri
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I appreciate being listened to and heard. I appreciate being given all the options that could help my situation. I also appreciate the emphasis on starting with simpler solutions and not being pushed immediately to surgery!
Sam
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I am 1 year out from my procedure now and am so thankful for how much better I can breathe! ADVENT is doing great things for many people!
Tim
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Fixed my nose! I had sinus surgery about 15 years ago... It did nothing but empty my wallet. ADVENT fixed my deviated septum and I am happy to be able to breathe better!
Becky
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I’ve had longtime problems with allergies, sinuses, breathing/respiratory issues…Everything is in one place (assessments, allergy testing, CT scans, procedures)...They are very knowledgeable to deal specifically with these issues. The setup and methods are modern and efficient. I can even do a sleep study at home with a simple device connected through a phone app. It is amazing that such a clinic like this exists!
Antonio
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Today was my first week follow up after my procedure and let me tell you I'm so glad I did it. Only the first week and finally feel the difference. Staff is very friendly, and they definitely make sure to find the root of any issue you may have to help you!
Harry
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I am so glad that my wife handed me the number to call. I can breathe from my nose for the first time in 25 years and the staff is amazing!
Danielle
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Every step of the process was seamless and I felt like they legitimately cared about me the entire time. Unlike what other ENTs offered, my total surgical procedure was a 30min out-patient procedure and I was back on my feet the same day. I’m six weeks post-op and I can 100% say that this procedure fixed my breathing issues and improved my quality of life. I’m sleeping more soundly (I have the data to prove it), my energy levels are better and I haven’t been congested or had to mouth breathe once.
Louis
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It's been a couple of months since the procedure and I can breathe 100% out of both nostrils! I could not have picked a more welcoming clinic to change my life.
Daniel
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If you snore, have sleep apnea and don't want to wear a CPAP machine this IS the solution you're looking for. One of the best decisions I've ever made.

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