Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is characterized by daytime sleepiness, and general lack of energy, even after apparently adequate night time sleep. EDS is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea which is always associated with loud snoring. EDS can affect the ability to function well in their work and also affect the social settings like in family life.
Both sleep apnea and excessive daytime sleepiness are common problems, with sleep apnea affecting up to 20% of older adults.
The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses, blocking the upper airway during sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea generally is treated with a device that provides a steady stream of air through a mask that is worn at night during sleep. This is known as CPAP therapy.
Those who cannot tolerate CPAP, many surgical options are available.