Have you ever felt exhausted throughout the day, even if you got a full night of sleep? Hypersomnia may be the root cause. Idiopathic Hypersomnia or IH is the specific diagnosed sleep disorder of hypersomnia. Hypersomnia is the primary diagnosis of the disorder, while IH is more specific.

What are the Symptoms for Idiopathic Hypersomnia?

Feeling tired throughout the day is common in many sleep conditions, but idiopathic hypersomnia is different. People with IH sleep excessively but never feel fully rested. They also experience difficulty waking up in the morning or after taking a nap. Focusing for more than an hour at a time can also be difficult for people with idiopathic hypersomnia; they can perform activities without being fully awake. 

What Causes Hypersomnia?

Despite limited research on idiopathic hypersomnia, many researchers say it is a disorder caused by several factors. 

  • Brain abnormality: Some people with idiopathic hypersomnia have low levels of histamine. Histamine neurons help to stabilize wakefulness by inhibiting non-REM sleep. By having low levels, you will feel more tired throughout the day. 
  • Low-grade unknown infections: A person that suffers from a flu-like illness could have their mind inhibited. 
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Existing sleep conditions such as sleep apnea or circadian disturbances 
  • Taking stimulative or sedative medications in excess or at the wrong time of day
  • Irregular sleep schedule 

How to Prevent Hypersomnia

A person suffering from these symptoms may find themselves searching “how to fix my sleep schedule.” Creating a peaceful sleep environment, avoiding alcohol, and avoiding sleep medications help to treat some cases of hypersomnia. However, there are some forms of hypersomnia that you cannot prevent from occurring. There are FDA approved medications for the treatment of idiopathic hypersomnia that can help reduce excessive sleepiness. Seeing a sleep specialist is the best way to help treat hypersomnia or relieve symptoms.

See A Sleep Specialist Today

If you believe you are suffering from any symptoms, it is essential to see a doctor or sleep specialist. Our physicians at the Jacksonville Sleep Center, Dr. Peter Nassar and Dr. Nura Festic, specialize in many sleep disorders or treatments. Jacksonville Sleep Center offers patients an unmatched level of comprehensive care for diagnosing and treating all sleep disorders. Getting help for issues regarding sleep is the first step to a happier and healthier lifestyle. We exclusively practice sleep medicine at the Jacksonville Sleep Center and are dedicated to helping you. Book an appointment today to take your first step to a better nights sleep.