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Hypersomnia - Oversleeping

A lot of people may not know that they oversleep if they have a condition called hypersomnia and that it is due to excessive daytime sleeping and prolonged night time sleep.

Usually daytime naps can provide no relief to the problem and will result in the individual having increased difficulty in waking from a long extended period of sleeping. Possible effects include disorientation, anxiety, decreased energy, increased fatigue, slow thinking and speech, loss of appetite and problems with memory functions.

Some individuals also experience losing the ability to function in normal family, social, occupational settings.

Hypersomnia can be triggered by sleep apnea or narcolepsy, where it can lead to dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. Specific medications or withdrawal of medications and/or drugs may contribute to someone having hypersomnia. Medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis, depression, epilepsy, and obesity can play a part in hypersomnia as well.

Hypersomnia typically affects adolescents and young adults in their 20's and 30's. Although the most common causes of this disorder differs in the age brackets. Information can be located on the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes website if you're seeking a more thorough clinical explanation to this problem. This isn't a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician so it's ideal to educate yourself, but leave the diagnosing and treatment to a doctor so that your condition can be monitored closely.

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References and Sources: Medline, Pubmed, National Institutes of Health

last update: May 2009

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