Hypersomnia

Hypersomnia Specialist
Around 40% of people experience some symptoms of hypersomnia from time to time, according to the National Sleep Foundation. The Sound Sleep Health team of skilled neurologists and sleep specialists treat a range of sleep disorders and have helped thousands of patients with sleep-related problems. In three locations in Kirkland and Seattle, Washington, the team provides attentive, specialized, quality care. Call or book your appointment with one of the specialists online.

Hypersomnia Q&A

What is hypersomnia?

Hypersomnia, or excessive sleepiness, is a condition that makes it difficult to stay awake.

Hypersomnia sufferers can fall asleep sporadically at any time, even while driving or working. In such instances, hypersomnia can be very dangerous.

Other sleep-related problems often coincide with hypersomnia, such as cognitive impairment and an overall lack of energy.

What causes hypersomnia?

There are several possible causes of hypersomnia, including:

  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Certain medications
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Sleep deprivation or lack of sleep
  • Sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy and sleep apnea
  • A head injury, or a neurological disease, such as multiple sclerosis

How is hypersomnia diagnosed?

Hypersomnia is diagnosed much in the same way as other sleep disorders. Your Sound Sleep Health specialist discusses your sleeping habits, your lifestyle, and other factors to help them better understand your situation.

The goal is to determine your symptoms, how much sleep you get at night, if you recall waking up during the night, whether you fall asleep throughout the day, and anything else you feel is significant to discuss with your doctor.

You’ll likely undergo testing, including blood tests, CT scans, a sleep test, and in some cases, an EEG (electroencephalogram) to measure the electrical activity of your brain.

How is hypersomnia treated?

Hypersomnia can be treated with a selection of medications, including stimulants, antidepressants, sleep medications, and other newer medications.

Exactly how your Sound Sleep provider treats hypersomnia depends on the underlying cause. If you’ve also been diagnosed with another sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, for example, you’ll likely be sent home with a CPAP machine, a special machine to assist your breathing when you sleep.

If your Sound Sleep Health specialist determines that a medication you’re taking is at the root of your hypersomnia, they’ll recommend you discuss changing your medication with the relevant doctor.

You may be instructed to eliminate caffeine later in the day, reduce your alcohol intake, and aim to get more sleep each night.

The Sound Sleep Health team can expertly manage hypersomnia with medications and create custom treatment plans for their patients. The goal is to help you to get on a regular sleeping schedule and create a pattern that works best for you and your lifestyle.

You deserve good quality, restful sleep. Call or book online to discover the benefits of improved sleep quality.

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