Hypersomnia or excessive sleepiness is a condition that causes a person to feel sleepy throughout the day. As opposed to Insomnia, Hypersomnia causes trouble in staying awake during the day. The major symptoms and signs of Hypersomnia include constant tiredness, low energy, anxiety, loss of appetite, restlessness, and slow thinking or speech.
HOW IS HYPERSOMNIA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same is done through blood tests, EEG, CT scan and also a very common kind of sleep test called polysomnography. Based on this treatment is provided.
HOW IS HYPERSOMNIA TREATED?
Treatment is symptomatic in nature. Stimulants, such as amphetamine, methylphenidate, and modafinil, may be prescribed. 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 bedtime) and diet may offer some relief. Patients should avoid alcohol and caffeine.