Excessive daytime sleepiness is characterized by the strong urge to go to sleep during activities in which you should be alert and awake. Have you experienced excessive daytime sleepiness? If so, then your physician might recommend that you undergo sleep-related testing. One of these tests might be the multiple sleep latency test, or MSLT. This can help you measure daytime sleepiness. We will discuss what MSLT can diagnose, who would take the test, preparing for it, with expectations for it, and understanding the results.
Idiopathic hypersomnia is a chronic neurological disorder that is characterized by an insatiable desire to sleep that is not fulfilled by a regular night of sleep. Those with the idiopathic hypersomnia sleep for longer than the normal amounts of time of sleep each night. However, despite this, they still feel incredibly tired the next day. They may take long naps, but don't feel any better when they wake up. It is almost like they are experiencing untreatable sleep deprivation. Continue reading to learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis, and causes of idiopathic hypersomnia, and what you can do to treat it.