Primary Hypersomnia is the opposite of Primary Insomnia. Primary Hypersomnia is constituted by excessive sleep or sleepiness. Individuals with hypersomnia sleep for extended periods of time or sleep frequently during the day. These symptoms must occur over a month's period of time for a diagnosis to be made.
Additionally, the hypersomnia must not be better accounted for by another mental illness, medical condition, or substance abuse.
Some of the medications used to treat hypersomnia include tricyclic anti-depressants, manoamine oxidase inhibitors, levadopa, modafinil, amantadine, and pemoline.
Sleep hygiene may also be useful for treating hypersomnia, though its success rate is lower than that of medical treatment.
In my next post, I will discuss sleep hygiene practices that may help with both insomnia and hypersomnia.