We often consider lack of sleep or insomnia as the major sleeping problem that adversely affects our health. However, just like sleeplessness even excess sleeping can cause several physical and emotional problems. Excess sleepiness is known as hypersomnia.
Often the exact causes of hypersomnia are unclear. Sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea, which causes disruption of sleep due to obstruction in breathing, is a probable cause of hypersomnia. Disruption in normal sleeping pattern, due to lifestyle changes, can also lead to excessive sleeping problem. Hypersomnia can also be the symptom of drug abuse, alcoholism and side effect of certain medications. Obesity can also cause hypersomnia. In some instances neurological illnesses, including multiple sclerosis can cause hypersomnia. Hypersomnia can develop from trauma arising from head injury.
It is natural for a healthy person to sleep for about 8 hours during the night. Some people manage to take a short nap during the day. However, if you love sleeping, it cannot necessarily be concluded that you are suffering from hypersomnia. Even out of laziness, you might hate to leave your bed. Hypersomnia is not laziness. It is characterized by excessive drowsiness during the day.Â It is a more serious problem that intervenes in your normal activities. Individuals suffering from hypersomnia fall asleep anytime and at any place. A person suffering from hypersomnia could even sleep up to 20 hours a day. Hypersomnia causes fatigue and difficulty in thinking.
If hypersomnia develops from lifestyle changes, you can easily reverse the condition through changes in your behavior. Maintaining a proper sleeping routine could help to overcome excess sleepiness. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time. Avoid sleeping during the day. Avoid alcohol, smoking and caffeine, which are known to obstruct sleep. Have a light dinner. Go to bed at least after two hours after having your dinner. Your bedroom should have a peaceful environment. The temperature of your bedroom should be comfortable. Regular exercise could help to improve your sleeping pattern. Avoid stress and anxiety.