What causes excessive sleepiness?

It is normal for people to feel sleepy from time to time, particularly after a long day. However, excessive sleepiness can be disruptive and make it difficult for a person to go about their normal daily activities.

Some of the more common causes of excessive sleepiness include not sleeping long enough and having poor quality sleep.

In some cases, excessive sleepiness may be due to a sleep disorder or another underlying health condition.

Read on to learn about the various causes of excessive sleepiness, along with their symptoms and treatment options.

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Do stress-related disorders raise the risk of infections?

Having a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or another stress-related condition may increase the risk of acquiring certain infections, according to a new study.

Despite what some 17th century philosophers taught us, our minds and bodies are not separate entities.

In fact, modern scientific research is drawing more and more attention to the intimate links between our mental health and well-being and a variety of physical conditions.

One such example is the link between stress-related disorders and poor physical health. Recent studies have found associations between PTSD and various gastrointestinal, neurological, and cardiorespiratory conditions.

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6 evidence based ways to calm down

Although stress is a natural part of life that tends to come and go, some people may find it difficult to calm down in stressful situations.

If a person’s stress or anxiety levels become chronic or overwhelming, they may wish to speak to their doctor.

There are also several steps that people can take to calm down in tense or stressful situations, as well as ways to help prevent and reduce stress.

Keep reading for some tips to reduce stress and anxiety and calm down.

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What to know about generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) causes feelings of intense anxiety, worry, or nervousness about everyday life. People with GAD struggle to control these feelings, and the condition tends to interfere with daily activities and personal relationships.

GAD, a type of anxiety disorder, is very common. It affects 3.1% of the population (or 6.8 million adults) in the United States in any given year. It is more common in women.

Living with anxiety can be challenging. However, like other anxiety disorders, GAD is highly treatable. Some of the most effective treatments include psychotherapy, medication, and making lifestyle changes.

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Social media stress can lead to social media addiction

Social network users risk becoming more and more addicted to social media platforms even as they experience stress from their use.

Social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Instagram are known to cause stress in users, known as technostress from social media. However, when faced with such stress, instead of switching off or using them less, people are moving from one aspect of the social media platforms to another — escaping the causes of their stress without leaving the medium on which it originated.

Research into the habits of 444 Facebook users revealed they would switch between activities such as chatting to friends, scanning news feeds and posting updates as each began to cause stress. This leads to an increased likelihood of technology addiction, as they use the various elements of the platform over a greater timespan.

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