Could being drowsy, breathless and sweaty mean that you have a disease

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 23, 2017

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  • Diabetes is one condition that can make you drowsy.
  • Allergies and obesity can cause shortness of breath.
  • Fever and low blood sugar can make you sweat.

You are leading a normal life and suddenly experience drowsiness, breathing problems and excessive sweating; could these mean that you have some sort of a disease? Turns out, it could.

These are some signs that are observed in many diseases and conditions. Recognising the warning signs in the early stages, early diagnosis and swift treatment can make a big difference to the outcome by minimising the risk of complications.


What drowsiness may indicate

Drowsiness is a strong desire to sleep during daytime despite a good night's sleep. Different psychological, medical and lifestyle factors can contribute to drowsiness.


drowsy causes


The following conditions are likely when you feel drowsy to fall asleep during the day time.

  • Diabetes
  • Sleep disorder (such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy)
  • Thyroid conditions (particularly Hypothyroidism)
  • Chronic pain
  • Medications (anti-histamines or sleeping pills)
  • Changes in blood sodium and calcium levels
  • Working different shifts at a job
  • Engaging in strenuous physical activity

Drowsiness can often interfere with your day-to-day activities and make you fall asleep at inappropriate times. The conditions mentioned above may not be the direct cause; see a doctor to figure out the source of drowsiness to get over it.


Also read : 5 Causes of Shortness of Breath and their Treatment


Why breathing problems develop

Breathing problems occur when the organs in the body do not receive a proper supply of oxygen. Exercising, climbing stairs and a stuffy nose can cause a sense of breathlessness. These are not serious problems but if it persists for a long time or gets, then it may be greater concern.


breathlessness causes


The following reasons can be behind breathing problems:

  • Allergies
  • Environmental pollution
  • Emotional distress
  • Panic attacks
  • Obesity
  • Heart or lung problems

A variety of illnesses and medical conditions can result in breathing problems. Breathing problems can be minor or as severe as respiratory condition. If you are experiencing breathing difficulties for quite some time now, see a doctor. If you overlook this, breathing problems can lead to serious complications.


Also read : 7 Obscure Reasons for Breathlessness

Causes of excessive sweating?

Excessive sweating is miserable but it is the body’s way to control temperature. Excessive sweating can cause emotional distress and social embarrassment for an individual.


sweating causes


The causes of excessive sweating may include:

  • Fever
  • Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar)
  • Anxiety
  • Medications (thyroid hormones, morphine drugs, etc)
  • Menopause

Your symptoms may suggest one of the aforementioned conditions but you should see a doctor to get to the exact cause of what is causing you to sweat and get treated accordingly.


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