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Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)


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Symptoms of excessive daytime sleepiness can include falling asleep during the day or having regular naps as well as sleeping for long hours at night.

To find out why you sleep excessively, a GP may check your mental and physical health or refer you to a sleep disorder specialist.

Excessive daytime sleepiness is sometimes linked to other conditions such as sleep apnoea, depression, narcolepsy or restless legs syndrome.

There are things you can try to help excessive daytime sleepiness, such as going to bed at the same time each night and avoiding alcohol or caffeine.

Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia) is a condition where people fall asleep repeatedly during the day.

Page last reviewed: 23/06/2023
Next review due: 23/06/2026