• What
  • Types
  • Causes
  • Risk Factors
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosed
  • Treatment
  • Outlook
  • Prevent

What is Hypersomnia?

A person who is victim of hypersomnia feels sleepy throughout the day, and it happens even after the victim takes a long stretches of time for sleep. Victims often face inconvenience during the day hours as they always tired.

Types of Hypersomnia?

Hypersomnia are generally classified into two types: Primary and Secondary.

Primary hypersomnia happens with no other medical reasons. The only symptom victim faces is high level of fatigue.

Secondary hypersomnia occurs due to other medical conditions such as sleep apnea, kidney failure, Parkinson’s disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. With these conditions, victim has poor sleep at night, which leads to tired daily activities.

Hypersomnia cannot be characterized as narcolepsy, which causes a tendency to fall asleep whenever the victim finds a relaxing environment. Victims can stay aware during the day hours however will feel fatigue the entire time.

What Causes Hypersomnia?

A person who is a victim of primary hypersomnia suffers brain system problems which cause sleep control and walking functions.

A person who is a victim of secondary hypersomnia is suffers by conditions which leads to fatigue. For instance, if the victim is suffering from sleep apnea, it can lead to hypersomnia as the victim experiences trouble while breathing during night.

Who is at Risk for Hypersomnia?

A person who is a victim of hypersomnia shows a symptom of drowsiness throughout the day. Even though the victim takes couple of naps throughout the day, victim is never relieved from tiredness. Hypersomnia victims always find it difficult to walk due to the prolonged sleeps.

What are the Symptoms of Hypersomnia?

Constantly experiencing fatigue is one of the significant sign of hypersomnia. Victim may take naps at several intervals during the day time and still doesn’t get relief from sleepiness.

Victims may also experience other symptoms which include:

  • No or low energy
  • Bad temper
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of appetite
  • Slow speech or thinking
  • Difficulty to remember
  • Impatience

How is Hypersomnia Diagnosed?

For hypersomnia diagnosis, therapist will review the victim’s symptoms and medical history. With the help of a physical exam, therapist can surely test the alertness of the victim.

There are several tests available for the therapist to diagnose the victim for hypersomnia which includes:

  • Sleep diary: The victim records their sleep and aware time through the night so as to record the sleeping patterns
  • Epworth Sleepiness Scale: The victim rates the sleepiness to find out the severity of the condition
  • Multiple sleep Latency test: The victim undergoes a monitored nap during the day time. The test measures the victim’s experienced sleep type
  • Polysomnogram: The victim sleeps at a sleep center during the night time. A machine completely monitors the victims brain activity, movement of eyes, level of heart rate, oxygen levels and rate of breathing

How Is Hypersomnia Treated?

Victim can undergo several treatment procedures which include:


There are several narcolepsy drugs available by the prescription of a doctor which can help to treat hypersomnia. These drugs help the victim to be more aware rather than roaming around tired as they are stimulants.

Home Care

Consultant psychologist may recommend the victim to follow a regular schedule for sleeping. Psychologist may also suggest victim to avoid few activities which will help to a great extend. During the treatment process, victims are suggested to avoid using drinks and drugs. A healthy nutritional diet is recommended which guides to have expected energy level.

What is the Outlook for Hypersomnia?

Few victims who suffer hypersomnia find improvement in their symptoms by following a healthy lifestyle changes. With the help of professional help, the condition can be treated. Unfortunately, few people never get complete relief. Even though hypersomnia doesn’t threaten your life, however severely impact your quality of life negatively

How is Hypersomnia Prevented?

To be frank, few types of hypersomnia cannot be prevented. However to avoid the risk of being a victim of hypersomnia, it’s always ideal to avoid consuming alcohol, working or partying late night and to create a peaceful sleeping environment. It is also recommended to avoid any medication which leads to drowsiness.


We’ve experienced practising clinical hypnotherapist, consultant psychologist and Forensic Hypnologist in our team to work with people with a full range of mental health problems and emotional distress.

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