appear harmless but medically it’s termed as a sleeping
disorder. It’s not very easy to diagnose since it s a
common misconception among people that the only sleeping
disorder is insomnia. This doesn’t however mean that
people who take naps in the afternoon have Hypersomnia.
Individuals who suffer from Hypersomnia struggle to stay
awake. They sleep through the entire night and still
during the day. Hypersomnia is thus a condition
characterized by prolonged
Narcolepsy is a
condition experienced by people who have Hypersomnia.
Narcolepsy is serious and can be dangerous because not
being in a position to control your sleep can cause
accidents when driving and even cooking. The thought of
someone sleeping when cooking sounds absurd or even
laughable; however, it’s very real and cause serious
injuries. There are also cases where people doze off when
having a conversation and they snap back without
realizing that they fell asleep. Sleepiness is not the
only side effect of Hypersomnia.
Individuals who suffer from
this condition experience: hallucinations, memory loss,
poor appetite, general body weakness, fatigue and speech
problems. Their social life is also negatively impacted
because they cannot interact with people because they are
always sleepy and tired. This may in turn lead to
depression due to seclusion. Hypersomnic people also tend
to over eat and this is seen as a way of dealing with the
sleeping can be caused by drug and alcohol abuse. People
under the influence of alcohol lose track of time and
spend a lot of their time in bed. Neurologic conditions
such as traumas, tumors and head injuries are a major
cause of insomnia. Certain medications can also aggravate
Hypersomnia, for instance if one takes drugs and then
stops abruptly. Disorders such as epilepsy, sclerosis and
obesity can cause Hypersomnia. Experts have also found
out that Hypersomnia can be genetic. Generally the
condition is more common among people who are aged
between 20 and 30.
How to minimize the
effects of Hypersomnia.
The first step
you should take is to seek medical attention. It’s very
important that you commence treatment immediately.
Hypersomnia can have rippling effects and if treated
early it can reduce the chances of other ailments coming
up. Obese patients should exercise to lose weight. They
should not go for speedy diets as this will create hunger
pangs and make them eat more which will further aggravate
the sleeping disorder. Patients should stop consuming
caffeine and alcohol in large amounts. Hypersomnia is not
fatal and there is no cause for alarm or panic, if well
managed the sleeping disorder will disappear with time.
If you are suffering from the condition ensure that you
always someone close to you. You shouldn’t drive on your
own. It’s also important to go for therapy and meet other
people who suffer from the condition. Staying secluded
will increase your chances of getting