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Sleep is vital to our organism, because it allows it to rest and recharge their batteries. To deal with stress and modern lifestyle, many people suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia or hypersomnia. Hypersomnia, much less known, can be as embarrassing as lack of sleep and affect people who suffer on all fronts. Zoom on the causes, symptoms and consequences of hypersomnia.
What is hypersomnia?
Hypersomnia is defined as drowsiness or very sleepy during the day and difficulty waking in the morning, even after a good night's sleep.
Hypersomniac is a person usually that sleeps more than 10 hours a night and often needs to take naps. Note that these extended sleep periods are not restorative.
There are different types of hypersomnia:
Hypersomnia is due to drugs or drug is very common in people who smoke marijuana, drink a lot of alcohol or take sedatives.
The hypersomnia related to a mental disorder usually occurs in bipolar or suffering from severe depression.
Idiopathic hypersomnia often affects young people (men and women) less than 30 years. It can persist for years or disappear with age.
The causes of hypersomnia
Hypersomnia may simply be due to a poor night's sleep, lack of sleep or environmental causes (time difference, snoring spouse ...), as it may be associated with other factors, including:
  • Bipolar disorder
  • The Depression
  • Diabetes
  • obesity
  • Taking certain medications (antidepressants, tranquilizers ...)
    Certain medical conditions: brain tumor, hypothyroidism, head trauma, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome ...
  • Pregnancy, often during the first quarter
Hypersomnia, what consequences?
Hypersomnia is a sleep disorder that affects the life of the sufferer. It affects nearly 10% of French and can have different repercussions on the personal and professional level. Indeed, the hypersomniac person is tired all the time, may have mood disorders, suffer from cognitive impairment and lack of alertness or concentration at work or at school. Drowsiness is also responsible for 20% of road accidents in France.
Moreover, hypersomnia may also have health implications:
Headaches
People who sleep more than necessary often complain of headaches. According to scientists, this can be explained by the fact that hypersomnia is capable of disrupting the balance of neurotransmitters, including serotonin, which has the effect of causing headaches.
Obesity and diabetes
When they are not the cause, they can be the consequence. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United States, hypersomnia is linked to chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, on the same scale as insomnia. Too short or too long sleep is also associated with obesity.
Cardiovascular illnesses
Much sleep is also associated with cardiovascular problems. According to a search based on information from the Nurses' Health Study, conducted on 71,000 women, a long sleep can increase the risk of coronary heart disease, while sleeping too little or is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease .
The Depression
Hypersomniacs people may be prone to depression over time. This sleep disorder also affects their mood, because they do not really enjoy their life! Also note that depressed people can suffer from hypersomnia.
How to overcome sleepiness?
The first step in treating hypersomnia is to have a good sleep hygiene. Recall that the recommended hours of sleep varies greatly depending on age, but in general the optimal sleep time for adults is between 7 and 9 hours a night. Less than 7 hours per night is considered a lack of sleep, while more than 9 or 10 hours may be a case of hypersomnia.
It is therefore very important to sleep sufficient hours each night, but also to get to bed and wake up at the same times.
It is also advised to:
  • Avoid the use of drugs and alcohol
  • Practice sports
  • Create a suitable environment for sleep enough
  • Having a healthy diet to prevent weight gain
  • Take a cool shower if you are sleepy

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