What is Hypersomnia?
Practically everywhere you go there is always someone talking about how they had not gotten any sleep the night before. In some cases the person talking about this is actually you. Or maybe you are someone who seems to always be getting sleep, and if you are you could be suffering from a sleep disorder called hypersomnia.
Unlike the more commonly known insomnia that causes you to not get enough sleep, hypersomnia will cause you to fall asleep just about anytime and anywhere. It is characterized by being overly tired throughout the day which can cause a serious problem when trying to get through your daily activity.
The causes behind the disorder include:
- being overweight
- sleep deprivation
- other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea (interruption in breathing during sleep) and narcolepsy (sleepiness in the daytime)
- alcohol and drug abuse
- head injury
- a neurological disorder
- prescription drugs
If diagnosed with hypersomnia a doctor may prescribe you with a variety of different drugs like antidepressants, stimulants, and anything that may be new to the market medicines. However withdrawal from prescription drugs can be the cause of the problem not to mention that they may only cure a few symptoms.
If you have sleep apnea causing you to loose sleep at night forcing you to sleep during the day, there are multiple treatments for that as well. Sleep apnea is very serious and if left untreated can cause high blood pressure, stroke, heart attacks, and possibly sudden death.
Again, if this is the case, a doctor may recommend CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) treatment. The treatment is actually a mask worn over the nose where a machine pumps a continuous flow of air through the nostrils.