Sunday, September 19, 2010

Over sleeping and sleep apnea

This almost sounds like a contradiction that sleep apnea can cause oversleeping when you get very little actual sleep with OSA. But think about how long you stay in bed (on the weekends or your off days) is that excessive. Over sleeping, or hypersomnia, can also lead to devastating illnesses such as heart attacks, diabetes, obesity and other illnesses.

What is hypersomnia?

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes hypersomnia is “is characterized by recurrent episodes of excessive daytime sleepiness or prolonged nighttime sleep. Different from feeling tired due to lack of or interrupted sleep at night, persons with hypersomnia are compelled to nap repeatedly during the day, often at inappropriate times such as at work, during a meal, or in conversation. These daytime naps usually provide no relief from symptoms “

That should sound familiar if you have sleep apnea because no amount of napping will really help.

The causes of hypersomnia are usually depression (if you have depression hypersomnia can make it worse), anxiety, and other sleep disorders like sleep apnea. As far as treatments for this sleep disorder medications can be prescribed. If you think that you may have hypersomnia contact your doctor.

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