I feel sleepy despite sleeping for eight to nine hours. What should I do to stop myself from falling asleep frequently?

Q. What should be done to stop falling asleep frequently?

Answered by
Paratwar Nayana Kapil
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 03, 2022

Hello doctor,

I always feel sleepy despite sleeping for eight to nine hours. I cannot concentrate on my studies, and my performance has been affected. My grades have gone down, and I am scared that my grades will decline my career. What should I do to stop myself from falling asleep frequently?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and can understand your concern.

It looks like it is affecting your daily routine and academic performance, which can be frustrating. Though there is a need for history for presenting problems like,

  1. When did it start, and what is the frequency?
  2. Are there any lifestyle changes or relationship issues?

I suggest you consult a sleep specialist and take a sleep questionnaire and test. Also, rule out psychological causes of hypersomnia by assessing for triggers, and stressors, as by-products of sleeping too much can lead to anxiety and depression. A follow-up session is necessary if the issues are persistent.

Also, meanwhile, follow simple sleep hygiene.

  1. Wake up at a set time and go to bed at the same time every day.
  2. Have a fresh and clean sleeping space.
  3. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine.
  4. Eat healthy food and exercise well.
  5. Exercise can stimulate hormones and trigger rest and digestion patterns.

I hope this helps.

Thank you and take care.

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