Do you have hypersomnia? These are the risk factors

Having a sleep disorder is no longer an anomaly. Given the busy lives we lead it is not uncommon to have some kind of sleep disorder. Usually though, the erratic schedules cause insomnia in many people and so we find that now there are many natural and chemical methods to treat this condition.

But have you heard about hypersomnia? There are many who suffer from this condition too. In fact, you might have hypersomnia and not realise that that’s what you have. Hypersomnia is the opposite of insomnia. In this disorder, you will find yourself feeling sleep all through the day.

Hypersomnia can be defined as the inability to stay alert and awake during the day even though you had a full night’s sleep the previous night. This condition greatly impacts a person’s home, social as well as work life.

Statistically it is believed that 5% of the population suffers from this condition. This condition is usually diagnosed by adolescence and young adulthood. For now, the causes of this condition remain unknown and there are researchers exploring if certain genes related to the circadian rhythm may be the cause of this.

What are the symptoms of hypersomnia?

  • Power naps are not refreshing. If anything, a nap makes you duller and sleepier.
  • You want to fall asleep many times a day and feel a general lack of energy.
  • You sleep a whole 9 hours and feel neither awake nor refreshed.
  • You feel very confused and disoriented and irritable when you wake up.
  • You consistently find it difficult to wake up even after sleeping the whole night for 9 or more hours.

The risk factors that can contribute to hypersomnia:

  • Extreme stress in daily life can trigger hypersomnia just like it can trigger insomnia.
  • A viral infection that lasted far longer than 2 weeks.
  • Consuming too much alcohol every day for several years.
  • Genetic disorder
  • History of mental illnesses – Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, bipolar disorder, depression, drug abuse and other such conditions
  • Head trauma in childhood.
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