session_start seems to be very slow (but only sometimes)

For some odd reason, just today our server decided to be very slow during the starting of sessions. For every session_start, the server either times out after 30 seconds, or it’ll take about 20 seconds for it to start the session. This is very weird, seeing as it hasn’t done this for a very long time (the last time our server did this was about 7 months ago). I’ve tried to change the session to run through a database instead, and that works fine, however, as our current website is built, it’d take days to go on every page and change the loading of sessions to include a new session handler. Therefore my question remains: