Idiopathic hypersomnia is a rare sleep disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, even after a restful night’s sleep, and an unexplained urge to sleep at any given moment. It is also associated with difficulty in waking up after sleeping and experiencing confusion upon awakening.
Unlike typical naps, which typically refresh, naps for those with idiopathic hypersomnia often provide little relief and can lead to disorientation upon waking. This disorder can manifest unexpectedly, posing risks such as drowsiness while driving or working.
The onset of idiopathic hypersomnia is gradual, and its diagnosis involves excluding more common sleep disorders. Managing this condition involves utilizing medication to mitigate symptoms and regain control over one’s wakefulness.