Hypersomnia – causes, side effects and treatments at NaturalPedia.com

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Hypersomnia, also known as excessive sleepiness, is a condition in which a person finds it difficult to stay awake during the day. People with this condition can fall asleep at any time. In addition, they may have other sleep-related problems, such as a lack of energy and difficulty thinking clearly because they are often tired. Hypersomnia can either be a primary or a secondary condition. Secondary hypersomnia is due to another medical condition. Some medications can also be the cause of hypersomnia. Frequent drug and alcohol use may also trigger sleepiness during the day. Other possible causes of hypersomnia include low thyroid function and head injury.

People with existing conditions that make them tired during the day are most at risk for hypersomnia, such as sleep apnea, kidney apnea, kidney conditions, heart conditions, brain conditions, atypical depression, and low thyroid function.

Known side effects of hypersomnia

People with hypersomnia may experience different side effects, such as difficulty waking from a long sleep, feeling disoriented, anxiety, increased irritation, decreased energy, restlessness, slow thinking, slow speech, loss of appetite, hallucinations, and memory difficulty. Hypersomnia in adults can also potentially cause severe damage to the quality of life.

Body systems harmed by hypersomnia

The body system harmed by hypersomnia is the nervous system.

List of foods or nutrients that prevent hypersomnia

There is no information on what foods or nutrients prevent hypersomnia. However, it is recommended to avoid caffeine, limit alcohol intake, and avoid foods that cause heartburn or impact digestion, such as high-fat creams, fried foods, spicy meals, citrus fruits, and carbonated drinks.

Treatments, management plans for hypersomnia

Treatments for hypersomnia typically aim to reduce symptoms during the day to enable the patient to perform normal daily activities, thus increasing the quality of life. Management plans for hypersomnia include making lifestyle changes, such avoiding stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine hours before going to bed; and treating its underlying cause.

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Summary

Hypersomnia is a condition in which a person finds it difficult to stay awake during the day.

Hypersomnia causes difficulty waking from a long sleep, feeling disoriented, anxiety, increased irritation, decreased energy, restlessness, slow thinking, slow speech, loss of appetite, hallucinations, and memory difficulty.

Hypersomnia can be treated by avoiding stimulant like caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine hours before going to bed; and treating its underlying cause.

Sources include:

MedicineNet.com

Healthline.com

PsychCentral.com

DoveMed.com

MedicalNewsToday.com

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