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Hypersomnia Idiopathic- Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

By: Juliet Cohen

Hypersomnia is one of the symptoms of major depression. Idiopathic hypersomnia is five times less frequent than narcolepsy. Hypersomnia Idiopathic disorder is an excessively deep or prolonged major sleep period. Hypersomnia Idiopathic disorder may be associated with difficulty in awakening. It is believed to be caused by the central nervous system and can be associated with a normal or prolonged major sleep episode and excessive sleepiness consisting of prolonged (1-2 hours) sleep episodes of non-REM sleep. Idiopathic hypersomnia is a life-long disorder with no tendency to remit spontaneously. Complications are mostly social and professional. Hypersomnia treatment is symptomatic in nature. Drugs to treat hypersomnia. Stimulants, such as amphetamine, methylphenidate, and modafinil. Other drugs used to treat hypersomnia include clonidine, levodopa, bromocriptine, antidepressants, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Changes in behavior (for example avoiding night work and social activities that delay bed time) and diet may offer some relief. Patients should avoid alcohol and caffeine. Tricyclic antidepressants (particularly clomipramine, imipramine and protriptyline) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors are useful in treating sleep paralysis, cataplexy and hypnagogic hallucinations.

Causes of Hypersomnia Idiopathic

Common causes and Risk factors of Hypersomnia Idiopathic

Dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system.

Physical problem( tumor, head trauma, or injury to the central nervous system ).

Being overweight

Drug or alcohol abuse

Prescription drugs, such as tranquilizers

Certain medications, or medicine withdrawal, may also cause hypersomnia Idiopathic.

Genetics factors.

Signs and Symptoms of Hypersomnia Idiopathic

Common Sign and Symptoms of Hypersomnia Idiopathic

Long periods of daytime drowsiness which impair performance.

Long, unrefreshing naps, often awakening unrefreshed.

Long, often undisturbed sleep at night.

Difficulty awakening in the morning with sleep "drunkenness."

Treatment of Hypersomnia Idiopathic

Common Treatment of Hypersomnia Idiopathic

Drugs to treat hypersomnia. Stimulants, such as amphetamine, methylphenidate, and modafinil.

Other drugs used to treat hypersomnia include clonidine, levodopa, bromocriptine, antidepressants, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors.

Changes in behavior (for example avoiding night work and social activities that delay bed time) and diet may offer some relief.

Tricyclic antidepressants (particularly clomipramine, imipramine and protriptyline) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors are useful in treating sleep paralysis, cataplexy and hypnagogic hallucinations.

Go to bed at a set time each night and get up at the same time each morning.

Try to exercise 20 to 30 minutes a day. Daily exercise often helps people sleep, although a workout soon before bedtime may interfere with sleep.

Patients should avoid alcohol and caffeine.

Good sleep habits.

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About The Author, Juliet Cohen


Juliet Cohen writes articles on diseases and conditions and skin disorders. She also writes articles on herbal home remedies.

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