Hypersomnia — If you sleep too much and have problems staying awake during the day, you might suffer from hypersomnia. 40% of people have some symptoms of hypersomnia.
Three Types of Hypersomnia:
Recurrent Hypersomnia–Sufferers have extreme sleepiness and require as much as 16 to 20 hours a day.
Idiopathic Hypersomnia (non-REM narcolepsy)– Excessive sleepiness and prolonged sleep at night. With idiopathic hypersomnia, individuals suffer from episodes of non-REM sleep that may last up to two hours. Unlike narcolepsy, it does not involve suddenly falling asleep, strong emotions or losing muscle control.
Post Traumatic Hypersomnia (non-REM narcolepsy)– Excessive sleepiness due to a physical injury or a disease in the central nervous system such as a brain injury, infection or spinal cord injury. IT usually will disappear over a few weeks or months.
Symptoms of Hypersomniainclude consistently feeling drowsy during the day, the need for daytime naps, chronic fatigue, memory or concentration difficulties or feeling of being “foggy” (having problems making decision or thinking clearly).
Treatment of Hypersomnia–We can address hypersomnia with medications and/or lifestyle changes. Follow our Healthy Sleep Tips. If the problem persists for more than four weeks, professional advice should be sought.