Disease: Sleep Disorders: Hypersomnia

    Introduction to Hypersomnia

    Hypersomnia, or excessive sleepiness, is a condition in which a person has trouble staying awake during the day. People who have hypersomnia can fall asleep at any time; for instance, at work or while they are driving. They may also have other sleep-related problems, including a lack of energy and trouble thinking clearly.

    According to the National Sleep Foundation, up to 40% of people have some symptoms of hypersomnia from time to time.

    What Causes Hypersomnia?

    There are several potential causes of hypersomnia, including:

    • The sleep disorders narcolepsy (daytime sleepiness) and sleep apnea (interruptions of breathing during sleep)

    • Not getting enough sleep at night (sleep deprivation)

    • Being overweight

    • Drug or alcohol abuse

    • A head injury or a neurological disease, such as multiple sclerosis

    • Prescription drugs, such as tranquilizers

    • Genetics (having a relative with hypersomnia)

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