What are the signs of hypersomnia?

This question was asked in Midland, Texas on 05/28/2014.
I sleep, on average, 12 to 16 hours in a day. I go to school where I sometimes take several naps. Also, I fall asleep when standing up, sitting, or laying down, with little to no control. I even wake up at night and I am either standing or sitting down in my bed, when I had fallen asleep lying down. I also, wake up with weird spasms, I almost feel like I'm having a seizure, but no one seems to notice. This has just recently become a problem. I was wondering if these are signs of hypersomnia or another condition? What treatment options might be available to me?

Doctors Answers (2)

SomnoDiagnostics, Inc.
Answered on: 6/5/2014 1

Hypersomnia is excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), or prolonged nighttime sleep. These complaints certainly could be due to a condition which you should have evaluated. You should contact a board certified sleep specialist for a consultation. The treatment options are dependent upon the disorder you are diagnosed with.

Susan M. Welch
Answered on: 6/2/2014 1

Based on your description, you should get an appointment with your medical provider and request a sleep study as soon as possible.