Hypersomnia Part I

Wed, Jul 22, 2009

Hypersomnia ISleep Disorders


From the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS):

Hypersomnia is identified by repetitive occurrences of:

Hypersomnia must be distinguished from the fatigue. A person, who suffers from hypersomnia, isn’t usually deprived from a regular sleep at night.  However, they are required to have a nap repeatedly during the day, mostly at the most improper times, such as: at work, during a meal, or during conversation. In addition, those episodes of daytime naps do not usually provide any relief from the symptoms of seepiness.

Symptoms of Hypersomnia

  • Some patients quite often have problems awaking from a long sleep. L
  • Others lose
    • elevated irritation,
    • slow speech
    • restlessness
    • anxiety,
    • slow thinking
    • hallucinations
    • memory loss.

Hypersomnia as a result of other disorders

  • Other sleep disorder, such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea could be a reason for developing hypersomnia.
  • It can be also caused by another irregularity of the person’s nervous system, such as alcohol or drug abuse.
  • Occasionally, hypersomnia could be a result from a some medical problem, such as head trauma, a tumor, or spine injury.
  • Medical study suggests that some side effects of certain medications, or other medicine withdrawal, may also create hypersomnia.
  • There are some medical conditions, which can trigger hypersomnia, such as:
    • multiple sclerosis,
    • chronic fatigue syndrome,
    • depression,
    • encephalitis,
    • epilepsy
    • obesity

Is Hypersomnia Inherited Sleep Disorder?

  • It has been reported that some patients, have been diagnosed with a genetic tendency to hypersomnia.
  • However, in majority of hypersomnia cases, there is no ob obvious cause for this type of illness.
  • Hypersomnia usually diagnosed in teenagers and young adults, even the most widespread reasons of the condition both groups are different.


  • Hypersomnia in adult is considered to be present if he or she sleeps more than 10 hours every day on a regular basis for a period of at least a couple of weeks. Another condition is when he or she is required to nap constantly during the day.
  • You can diagnose yourself by taking a Epworth Sleepiness Scale, which helps determine the extent of EDS . A self test is available from Stanford University Medical School.

Watch video: Sleep Problems : Symptoms of Too Much Sleep

Excessive sleep, or hypersomnia, can lead to symptoms that are similar to signs of depression. Find out how to reduce the symptoms of hypersomnia with help from a psychologist in this free video on symptoms of excessive sleep.

Expert: Robert B. Hernandez
Bio: Robert B. Hernandez, PsyD, received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 2001.
Filmmaker: Paul Muller

See also: Hypersomnia Part II

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