Ask an expert

20 Jul 2011

can it be slleping sickenss?
I changed my diet to a vegetarian diet and now i sleep wherever i am in a taxi, in a public place like church anyway i am i just automatically switch off and it is so embarrassing.
Answer 461 views

01 Jan 0001

Dear Lee
Falling asleep all the time, may be a sign of iron- or vit B12-deficiency anaemia, or low blood sugar levels. I would recommend that you ask your gp to check if you are suffering from anaemia and to test your blood sugar and insulin levels. If there is a problem, the dr will prescribe supplemental iron and folic acid, or vit B12, or recommend treatment for low blood sugar levels. If you are a strict vegetarian (not foods from animals), it will be advisable to take the iron and/or vit B12 supplements regularly to prevent deficiencies. If you have a blood sugar problem then please consult a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will help you with a low-GI vegetarian diet to prevent fluctuations in your blood sugar and insulin levels.
I hope you will be able to pinpoint what is causing you to fall asleep all the time.
Best regards
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
32% - 9432 votes
68% - 19959 votes