Hypersomnia Hypersomnia is a sleeping disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness or by prolonged sleep periods. While people with hypersomnia feel the need to nap during the day, the naps usually do not help relieve the symptoms. Hypersomnia Symptoms Long periods of sleepiness during the day Trouble waking up Need for daytime naps Anxiety Disorientation Memory problems Concentration difficulties Slow speech Hypersomnia can cause a person a great deal of difficulty in social and job situations. Causes of Hypersomnia Hypersomnia usually affects teens and young adults. Some of the possible causes of hypersomnia are: Narcolepsy Sleep apnea Drug or alcohol abuse Depression Head trauma Multiple sclerosis Bipolar disorder In many cases there is no identifiable cause for the hypersomnia. Hypersomnia Treatment Since the root cause of the disorder is often unknown, hypersomnia treatment usually involves combating the symptoms. Hypersomnia treatment can involve taking medications including stimulants or anti-depressants. In addition, there are some self-help hypersomnia treatments you can try: Go to bed the same time every night. Eat healthy. Exercise every night 4 to 5 hours before going to bed. Avoid night work and job shift changes. Maintain a comfortable sleeping environment. Avoid consuming caffeine before bed including coffee, chocolate, non-herbal teas, diet drugs, colas and certain pain relievers. Avoid alcohol and cigarettes before bed. Both are linked to poor quality sleep. If you are concerned that you may have hypersomnia consult with your doctor or visit a sleep center for professional diagnosis and treatment. Disclaimer: These statements and products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Always consult your physician regarding any sleeping disorders.