Hypersomnolence: What you need to know

Hypersomnolence is a condition where a person experiences significant episodes of sleepiness, even after having 7 hours or more of quality sleep.

Many people find themselves sleep-deprived or excessively tired at various times in their lives. On the other hand, a person with hypersomnolence can feel the need to sleep even after they have slept well for the recommended number of hours.

Hypersomnolence can be problematic because it affects a person’s abilities at work and school. It can also affect their safety while driving and can be an indicator of an underlying medical disorder.

The symptoms of hypersomnolence usually begin when people are 17 to 24 years old. According to an article in the journal Psychosomatics, the average age of onset is 21.8 years.

Left untreated, hypersomnolence can impact a person’s quality of life.  read more