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Introduction to Hypersomnia

Hypersomnia, or excessive sleepiness, is a condition in which a person has trouble staying awake during the day. People who have hypersomnia can fall asleep at any time; for instance, at work or while they are driving. They may also have other sleep-related problems, including a lack of energy and trouble thinking clearly.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, up to 40% of people have some symptoms of hypersomnia from time to time.

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Comment from: Stacy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

It took 4 doctors and nearly 10 years before I finally got an accurate diagnosis for my uncontrollable sleepiness or hypersomnia. I have been on the highest doses of Adderall and Adderall XR a person is allowed to take, for the last 5 years and though it helped in the beginning, it almost doesn"t affect me anymore. There should be a way to retrain a part of the brain to fix this condition. More research is needed.

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Comment from: Helen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I have been feeling very drowsy when I drive for over, maybe 20 minutes. Recently, I was driving in traffic on the highway and fell asleep very suddenly. I crashed into the car in front and luckily no one was injured. I was taken to the hospital. I had a scan and blood tests, very expensive, nothing abnormal found. But, I am worried that there is something wrong with me.

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