Hypersomnia is a condition in which a person faces trouble staying awake during the day. People with hypersomnia can fall asleep at any time often at inappropriate times such as work, during a meal or during a conversation. They may also go through other sleep- related problems including lack of energy and trouble in thinking clearly. Day time’s naps are no of use in terms of providing relief from the symptoms.
People who have Hypersomnia have difficulty waking up from a long sleep. Some of the common symptoms of hypersomnia include:
The treatment for Hypersomnia is symptomatic in nature. Stimulants, such as amphetamine, methylphenidate, and modafinil, may be prescribed by the doctor. Other drugs used to treat hypersomnia include clonidine, levodopa, bromocriptine, antidepressants, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Changes in behavior (for example avoiding night work and social activities that delay bed time) and diet may offer some relief. Patients should avoid alcohol and caffeine.
The prognosis of hypersomnia depends on the cause of the disorder for an individual. Although the disorder itself is not life threatening but it can have serious consequences, such as automobile accidents caused by falling asleep while driving. The attacks usually continue indefinitely.
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