Excessive Sleeping or hypersomnia or day time sleepiness is defined as a the inability to stay awake and alert during the major waking episodes of the day, resulting in unintended lapses into drowsiness or sleep. The characteristics of hypersomnia vary from one person to the next depending on age, lifestyle and underlying causes. A major danger from hypersomnia is the increased risk of accidents. There are many different causes of Excessive Sleeping, the most common in our society being inadequate sleep. This may be due to shiftwork, family demands (such as a new baby), study or social life. Other causes include sleep disorders, medication, and medical and psychiatric illnesses. Excessive daytime sleepiness can be caused by a wide range of events and conditions, including: Insufficient or inadequate sleep, Environmental factors, Mental states, Medications, Medical conditions e.g. hypothyroidism, Changes to time zone .Hypersomnia or excessive sleeping can be helped in many cases with lifestyle adjustments to improve sleep quality, so called good sleep hygiene. Like: By avoid cigarettes, alcohol and caffeinated drinks near bedtime, Follow a relaxation routine to prevent night-time anxiety, Exercising regularly and maintain a normal weight for your height, Eating a well-balanced diet to prevent nutritional deficiencies, If possible, changing your environment to reduce disturbances.
Last date updated on July, 2014