Hypersomnia is known as excessive daytime sleepiness which is distinguished by having complications in staying awake at day time or working hours or extended night sleep. People with this condition can fall asleep anywhere at any time in any situation even when they are working or driving.
Hypersomnia is the antagonistic of insomnia that make people to sleep too much. The health professionals always try to prove it as a serious health complication and as a real medical phenomenon. The hypersomnics never find night time sleep refreshing, they still sleep at day times.
Hypersomnia consists of two types primary and secondary
- Primary Hypersomnia: Primary hypersomnia happens when there is no medical condition exists. It contains the only symptom that is extreme tiredness.
- Secondary Hypersomnia: Secondary hypersomnia take place due to certain medical conditions that include kidney failure, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue syndrome and Parkinson’s disease. In this condition individuals experience poor night sleep that makes them to sleep and tired during day time.
Symptoms of Primary Hypersomnia
People experiencing primary hypersomnia go through tiredness caused by interrupted or lack of night sleep. They obliged to nap continuously at day time, often at unsuitable time like in the medium of conversation, during a meal and work. These daytime pauses generally give no relief from the symptoms. In this condition people also face difficulty waking up from a long sleep. The other symptoms of primary hypersomnia include.
- Slow thinking
- Memory problems
- Loss of appetite
- Slow speech
- Increased irritation
- Decreased energy.
Causes of Primary Hypersomnia
Primary hypersomnia is caused by complications in the brain that control waking and sleep functions. The usual causes of primary hypersomnia include
- Other sleeping problems like sleep apnea, alcohol or drug abuse and dysfunction of autonomic nerves.
- Genetic susceptibility to hypersomnia.
- Some physical problems like head trauma, tumor etc.
- Medications or medication withdrawal.
- Certain medical conditions like obesity, depression, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy etc.