Hypersomnia is a medical condition which is characterized by excessive sleepiness. People with Hypersomnia have trouble staying awake during the day. These people fall asleep at anytime, for example while working, driving or eating. Symptoms are:
• Excessive sleepiness during day
• Loss of appetite
• Slow speech
• Memory problems
HOW IS HYPERSOMNIA DIAGNOSED?
A somnologist may conduct a detailed enquiry about your symptoms and your sleep habits. Diagnostic tests like blood tests, CT scan and a sleep test called polysomnography are commonly followed for diagnosis.
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.