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The most typical symptoms of hypersomnia are:

Bullet Excessive daytime sleepiness leading to prolonged naps that are not refreshing.

Bullet Nocturnal sleep of long duration (as much as 12 hr or more)

Bullet Sleep drunkenness

Bullet Difficulty in awakening the patients from sleep

Bullet Episodes of automatic behavior may also be present.

a. Idiopathic Hypersomnia (Primary Hypersomnia)

Bullet Idiopathic hypersomnia is characterized by long periods involving episodes of excessive daytime sleepiness. Most of the time the symptoms are present.

Bullet Some people with this disorder experience automatic behavior such as:
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Depression symptoms

b. Post - traumatic Hypersomnia:

Bullet Post - traumatic hypersomnia may mimic idiopathic hypersomnia.

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