What are hypersomnia sleep disorders?
Hypersomnia sleep disorders are a group of long-lasting (chronic) sleep disorders of the brain — neurologic disorders. They cause excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), which is a strong daytime sleepiness or need to sleep during the day, even with enough sleep the night before.
People with hypersomnia sleep disorders may have other symptoms that affect their sleep and their ability to function during the day. They often live without a correct diagnosis for a long time. They may blame themselves and struggle to keep up with work, studies, and relationships.
Hypersomnia sleep disorders include:
- Idiopathic hypersomnia
- Narcolepsy type 1 (with cataplexy)
- Kleine-Levin syndrome (KLS)
- Hypersomnia and narcolepsy associated with other disorders
Why are we the Hypersomnia Foundation?
We formed our foundation in 2014 to support people with idiopathic hypersomnia and the related hypersomnia sleep disorders, and we welcome people with all hypersomnia disorders to our community.
These disorders overlap, especially idiopathic hypersomnia and narcolepsy type 2, so we firmly believe that improvements in diagnosis, treatment, and support are more likely when we all join together.
Whether you’re already diagnosed with a hypersomnia sleep disorder or not, you’ll want to find a sleep doctor and get treatment. You may also need resources to help you avoid interactions with hormone medicines and prepare for anesthesia, hospital stays, pregnancy, and parenting babies. We can help!
Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, you’ve been living with it for a while, or you're a supporter, day-to-day living can present you with overwhelming challenges. Don’t worry — we’ve got many resources to help guide you, on topics such as:
- Educating others about what it’s like to live with a hypersomnia
- Going to school or working while coping with a hypersomnia
- Health insurance denials and high out-of-pocket costs for medicines
- Supporting a loved one who has a sleep disorder
If you’re a healthcare professional or researcher working with people who have idiopathic hypersomnia or related sleep disorders, you’ll find resources for:
- Diagnosis and treatment of hypersomnias, including adjustments for birth control, pregnancy, and anesthesia
- Joining our International Directory of Healthcare Professionals
- Researchers, including our research award programs and guides to working with people who have hypersomnias