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A 16-year-old female asked:

Hello! i'm wondering if there's a way to stop hypersomnia? i've had it since i was about 6 (i've just turned 16) but its always getting in the way of events and whatnot (i try to be active), i usually sleep 12-17 hours a day :( rarely 8-10?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
See a sleep specialist preferrably, but neurologist as alternative. You may need blood studies to assess narcolepsy, and an overnight sleep study could be of value. Daytime alerting medications such as modafanil or Nuvigil may help dramatically. Sleep is a complex area, and some genetic disorders need to be ruled out. Hope this can successfully be addressed.
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