Hypersomnias - Overview

Hypersomnias - Overview

Feeling sleepy all day? Still, got the tired feeling and restlessness even though you just woke up? That may be a symptom of hypersomnias. 

What is hypersomnias? Hypersomnia refers to either excessive daytime sleepiness or excessive time spent sleeping. People who experience this have trouble staying awake during the day and can even sleep while working or driving.

Hypersomnia is a group of sleep disorders that cause a person to be excessively sleepy and the sleeping disorders that might cause this are the following:

  • Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterized by excessive sleepiness, sleep paralysis, hallucinations, and in some cases episodes of cataplexy; partial or total loss of muscle control, often triggered by a strong emotion such as laughter.
  • Idiopathic hypersomnia is an uncommon sleep disorder that causes you to be excessively sleepy during the day even after a good night's sleep. It also often causes difficulty waking up after you've been asleep at night or for a nap. Naps generally aren't refreshing. Total sleep time of 12 to 14 hours is typical in a 24-hour period. 
  • Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS) is a rare and complex neurological disorder characterized by recurring periods of excessive amounts of sleep, altered behavior, and a reduced understanding of the world.
  • Insufficient sleep syndrome is a condition of chronic sleep deprivation without an underlying disease process. This causes you to regularly fail to get enough sleep at night. The result is sleep deprivation and lack of alertness. 
  • The long sleeper will sleep much longer than others their age. Adult long sleepers will typically sleep for 10 to 12 hours a night. Their sleep quality is good and they don't have any complaints. Long sleeping is consistent and not a result of a medication or a mental health condition.

Hypersomnias is not normal, you should go see a doctor if you are experiencing any of these to get proper medical advice. 




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