Why do I sleep so much? Let’s be clear. We all go through periods when we always feel overtired. You get up in the morning and you cannot open your eyes, in the subway you look for a place to rest your head to close your eyelids even just five minutes. In the office you feel your HEAD HEAVY and think about the moment you come at home and you can throw yourself on the couch to sleep.
After lunch, the situation becomes so untenable that not even a double coffee can get you out of that “bubble” in which you feel floating to get to the end of the day. There are people, however, for whom this feeling is not one simple “fatigue” that will end soon. For them, fighting against this constant drowsiness is a very expensive activity on a physical and psychological level. It represents a totally useless effort. They may not even be aware of it, but the cause of this condition may be due to some kind of hypersomnia.
Why do I sleep so much and what is hypersomnia
Hypersomnia, is a condition of excessive sleepiness that often hinders the normal course of daily life. This is not a unique and specific problem. Hypersomnia, in fact, contains a whole series of chronic sleep disorders that can vary according to different aspects and causes. So, why do I sleep so much? The factor that most characterizes this condition as a real disorder and not as a simple tiredness. Is the fact that an irresistible sleep occurs in situations where it should not normally occur. Such as during a conversation or a meal.
Moreover, who suffers from hypersomnia can find himself lying on the table with his fork in his hand or falling asleep while driving his car. Endangering his own life and that of others. But now let’s see together what types of hypersomnia exist, according to the severity of the symptoms and situations in which they occur. There are primary and secondary types of hypersomnia. Primary hypersomnia is a specific sleep disorders, which should therefore be managed as a problem. Secondary hypersomnia is caused by external factors such as taking drugs or other psychological disorders.
Narcolepsy: it is considered a sleeping sickness. It is a real chronic neurological disorder characterized by an excessive feeling of sleep. It occurs in moments when attention is not stimulated or in situations of strong emotion, such as fear or even happiness. The symptoms are: excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep paralysis, hallucinations and, in the most serious cases, loss of muscle tone. It can be type 1, with all 4 symptoms, or type 2, without loss of muscle tone.
Idiopathic hypersomnia: this is a disorder characterized by a night’s sleep that can be of normal duration (under 10 hours). Very restful, or longer than normal. In both cases, although the sleep was restful and deep during the night, during the day there is a very strong drowsiness. Which forces to frequent rests of long duration and not restorative.
Kleine-Levin syndrome: characterized by attacks of drowsiness, excessive appetite, excessive sexual desire and cognitive dysfunction lasting several days. It is very frequent in adolescents and tends to decrease with time.
Hypersomnia due to medical conditions, such as head injuries or diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or genetic disorders.
Hypersomnia due to drugs or substances, which disrupt the normal sleep-wake cycle as hypnotics or barbiturates.
Hypersomnia associated with psychiatric disorders, such as DEPRESSION, where excessive sleep is a prevailing condition.
Insufficient sleep syndrome: it occurs when you usually sleep a few hours and suddenly you have the opportunity to sleep much more. Upsetting the balance between the actual need for sleep and the time normally devoted to it because of work or daily habits.
The hypersomnia consists of a series of different disorders with their own characteristics. The diagnosis can be made by polysomnography or by a multiple test of positive sleep latency. The main problem, however, is not the execution of a targeted diagnosis, as the fact that often hypersomnia is not recognized immediately. But rather are confused with behavior disorders, excessive laziness, psychiatric problems and so on. Consequently, the diagnosis is often difficult , and the result is a delay in treatment with a consequent progressive worsening of symptoms.
Why do I sleep so much: Natural remedies
Coffee, cinnamon, sugary drinks, ginseng, eleutherococcus, nutmeg, chilli, pepper, guarana, ephedra, tea. They are very useful to treat hypersomnia.
Weight reduction: balanced diet + proper lifestyle. It is a useful in case of SNORING, hypersomnia and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome related to obesity.
To deal with hypersomnia, identify the causes of origin with the help of a specialist (instrumental examinations such as the polysomnographic test are very important) and treat sleep hygiene (for example, regularity in the night sleep + short programmed daytime naps).