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Is sleeping too long an alarm sign?

On average, an adult’s night’s sleep should last about 7-9 hours. Sleeping longer than 10 hours (12-14) regularly can be one of the symptoms of hypersomnia.

Hypersomnia is a sleeping disorder that is generally characterized by a prolonged night’s sleep and difficulty in wakening up in the morning. A man can feel drowsy all day long or have an intense desire to fall asleep suddenly. That is why some people can fall asleep almost in any position and in the most inappropriate places.

Other symptoms of hypersomnia are:

Hypersomnia can be of different kinds depending on severity of the disease.

The Kleine-Levin syndrome is a recurrent hypersomnia, a neurological disorder when a man is used to sleep more than 18 hours. He/she wakes up only when his/her organism requires eating and drinking as well as satisfying some other natural needs. A man usually becomes aggressive and evil if someone prevents him/her from sleeping a few hours more. Such people also feel overfatigue all the time; they have rambling speech and thoughts, memory lapses, hallucinations. They can have hyperphagia (it is a voracious appetite without the feeling of satiation) as well as hypersexual behavior (especially men) and depression (refers to women more often than to men).

There are physiological hypersomnia and pathological.

A man may suffer from physiological hypersomnia due to experiencing serious and unusual physical or emotional overloading (emotional shock, overfatigue, sleep deprivation, stress, medicines/alcohol intoxication, etc.). Usually, he/she goes back to the regime a man has got used to as soon as an organism is provided with necessary rest, in a couple of days. Then, a man gets rid of hypersomnia’s symptoms.

Having pathological hypersomnia can be caused by a range of health disorders such as:

It is necessary to be diagnosed and start overcoming this very disease. If a person is on a right way, hypersomnia will soon be smoothed away as well as other unpleasant symptoms.

The consequences of having hypersomnia can be more serious than it seems at the first glance:

What can a person do about it?

Usually, a behavioral approach is applied here. If someone has such a problem with health, he/she has to reconsider sleep hygiene points as well as his/her attitude to them:

Also, reducing alcohol, caffeine, drugs and heavy meal to a minimum (especially, before going to bed) can set you free from this sleeping disorder as well as avoiding stimulants, anti-depressants, etc. before sleeping hours.

If all your attempts to put hypersomnia out of your life are in vain, you have to consult a doctor and run medical examinations and tests. Maybe, hypersomnia points to some disease (you can learn from above what body system such a disease can concern).

Hypersomnia is not dangerous on its own, but it greatly increases the risk to get into a factory or car accident. Besides, it breaks a usual life rhythm, future plans, interferes with striking and maintaining relations with other people, puts into question a person’s working ability, etc.