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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: Deb_5, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

For the past two years I have been tired during the day. I have no energy and have fallen asleep while at work. I have also fallen asleep while driving. I finally went to my primary doctor and he sent me to a sleep specialist doctor, who ordered me to take a sleep study test. That came back fine, I don't have a sleep apnea, but he noticed that I have restless leg syndrome. I have been on medicine for RLS but I have still been tired. My legs have not been bothering me while I sleep at night yet I am very tired during the day. So the doctor sent me for another sleep study test that lapsed into the nap study. Today I get the call that from the nurse and she tells me that I have hypersomnia. I am shocked that there is a diagnosis for this and you can actually treat it. So I am hoping in the next week or so, after taking the medicine they prescribed me I will start to feel better.

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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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