Idiopathic Hypersomnia

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Idiopathic hypersomnia is a rare but serious neurological disorder characterized by excessivetiredness during the day, either with or without long hours of sleep. Though there is no cure for the condition, patients may find relief using lifestyle changes and medication. In some cases, the symptoms of the sleep disorder spontaneously improve. When a person has hypersomnia they may, over time, experience significant problems including memory loss, anxiety and low energy. Though there is no particular cause of Idiopathic hypersomnia, conditions which may lead to excessive daytime sleepiness include sleep apnea, depression, head injuries, viruses, fibromyalgia, epilepsy, restless leg syndrome and hyperthyroidism. A person may experience Idiopathic hypersomnia with or without long hours of sleep. Patients may sleep more than 10 hours per night followed by excessive sleepiness during the day or they may sleep fewer than 10 hours and experience daytime sleepiness

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