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What are the causes of too much sleep and lethargy and its treatment?

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The causes of too much sleep and lethargy in the body are numerous, often the causes are transient and other times the cause is organic and needs to be followed up by a doctor.

Definition of idle

Lethargy is a state of fatigue and fatigue that causes drowsiness and weakness, extends to stagnation of movements and thinking, and lethargy can be associated with a disorder of the human physical or mental state.

Symptoms of lethargy

Fatigue and mood swings, low energy, lack of attention, thinking, vertigo dizziness that lead to slow motion.

Causes of physical and mental lethargy

Many types of diseases cause a state of lethargy, especially include influenza and stomach virus, and in general, it may be the following causes :


Kidney failure, malnutrition, fever, dehydration, meningitis, brain injury, ascites (brain swelling), stroke, pituitary disease, Lyme disease, sleep apnea, carbon monoxide poisoning, hyperthyroidism, and hypothyroidism.


Severe depression, postpartum depression, premenstrual syndrome, mood swings caused by taking medications, drugs, alcohol, and smoking.

When does lethargy call for medical care?

When Hemiplegia of the face, chest pain, inability to move limbs unilaterally to the body, confusion of not knowing the date, name, or place, impaired perception and response, rapid heartbeat, rectal bleeding, severe headache, shortness of breath or blood with vomiting, these symptoms can be accompanied by behavioral changes requiring medical attention.

Lethargy in infants

Children may become lethargic and require immediate medical attention including :

  • Sudden ras.
  • Difficulty getting up and active.
  • Fever over 38 degrees Celsius.
  • Vomiting strongly or its continuation for more than 12 hours.
  • Symptoms of dehydration such as dry mouth, crying without tears, or a little moisture exit.

Treatment of lethargy

The main treatment of lethargy is based on the diagnosis of the disease-causing it after consulting a doctor, but in general, the following tips should be followed to relieve the symptoms :

  • Eat healthy food.
  • Drink daily need of fluids.
  • Get enough sleep
  • Take care of mental health and stay away from stress and anxiety by practicing yoga, deep breathing, and exercise.
  • Daily exercise for morning walks, preferably before sunrise to increase the body with pure energy oxygen.

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