Classification of Sleep Disorders - Hypersomnia
Hypersomnia is an excessive amount of sleepiness that incapacitates the victimís ability to keep awake, often at inappropriate times such as at work, during a meal, or during a conversation.
This could jeopardize the victimís work and family life.
This condition may be genetic or it could be the result of other sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea.
Adolescents and youth are in the risk category for this disorder.
Symptoms of hypersomnias include-
- Excessively deep and prolonged sleep period
- Appetite loss
- Slow thinking
- Memory problems
Treatment of hypersomnias includes-
- Stimulant medications
- Coren, Stanley. Sleep Thieves: An Eye-Opening Exploration into the Science and Mysteries of Sleep. New York: The Free Press; 1996, p. 287.
- Sleep Disorders - (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sleepdisorders.html)