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Can you have insomnia and hypersomnia at the same time?

Can you have insomnia and hypersomnia at the same time?

No: Obviously you can't fall asleep and not fall asleep at the same time. But people with sleep disorders might experience these different symptoms at different times. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Boland
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Why do some depression sufferers experience insomnia while at the same time others experience hypersomnia?

Why do some depression sufferers experience insomnia while at the same time others experience hypersomnia?

Depression, Sleep: Depression affects many functions of the body including sleep. At age 30,At age 30, stressors of relationships, marriage, parenting, work and finances can cause Depression or Depression with Anxiety. Depression can cause Hypersomnia. Depression with Anxiety can cause Insomnia. Unresolved emotional conflicts cause brooding, difficulty to sleep, or waking in the middle of night. or Hypersomnia. ...Read more

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I have insomnia I stay awake anywhere from 3 to 5 days at a time but when I do sleep I sleep for about 15 to 20 hours. Is it possible for me to have insomnia and hypersomnia?

I have insomnia I stay awake anywhere from 3 to 5 days at a time but when I do sleep I sleep for about 15 to 20 hours. Is it possible for me to have insomnia and hypersomnia?

Ans: Both of these are diagnoses thus in order to gove such a diagnosis you need a complete evaluation. You are best served to see your doctor and find out why you stay up for days at a time. Very bad for your body ...Read more

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I'm suffering from persistent hypersomnia and intermittent insomnia. What can I do about this?

I'm suffering from persistent hypersomnia and intermittent insomnia. What can I do about this?

Sleep eval: There are wide array of sleep disorders. Often a good history and physical exam can guide give us a good idea. A very common problem for is sleep apnea. But other times, it can be more complicated and include restless leg syndromes or central apneas. A sleep study can be very useful. I am in marina del rey &specialize in sleep disorders - would be happy to help! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have both hypersomnia and insomnia? Sometimes i sleep way too much for days. Then i can't sleep for 3-4 days. Feel anxious a lot.

Is it possible to have both hypersomnia and insomnia? Sometimes i sleep way too much for days. Then i can't sleep for 3-4 days. Feel anxious a lot.

Get evaluated: With such fluctuations in your sleep pattern, energy state and associated anxiety, your symptoms warrant a thorough evaluation by a medical doctor specialized in diseases that involve dysregulation of circadian rhythm (insomnia/hypersomnia) and arousal state (anxiety). This would be a psychiatrist:) you can locate and research psychiatrist who might work and live near you healthtap! ...Read more

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Can you have "idiopathic insomnia with physiological hypersomnia"?

Can you have "idiopathic insomnia with physiological hypersomnia"?

Insomnia: Yes. Oftentimes insomnia can cause or be effect of hypersomnia conditions. Caution because idiopathic insomnia is very rare and may be the effect of another underlying sleep disorder specifically if hypersomnia is present. If concerned please contact your pcp or sleep specialist because formal testing can be very helpful to weed this out and is generally not done in people with only insomnia. ...Read more

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Can accupuncture cause you to have hypersomnia instead of insomnia?

Can accupuncture cause you to have hypersomnia instead of insomnia?

It depends: It depends on how the acupuncturist assessed you before doing the treatments. If you were without sleep for a prolonged time, your body may be catching up on needed sleep. Also, medications you're taking may now be having stronger effect. There are many physicians who do acupuncture -- having knowledge and experience in both worlds. Please talk with your acupuncturist about what's going on. ...Read more

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How can you have hypersomnia with periods of insomnia?

Related issues: Usually, by hypersomnia people mean excessive daytime sleepiness (eds), which is actually a fairly common consequence of insomnia. If you are looking for help for these related conditions, the first step would be to reduce or eliminate all stimulating substances - including coffee, stimulant drugs, etc., followed by instituting good sleep hygiene habits. Ultimately a sleep study might be necessary. ...Read more

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I am on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for hypersomnia and take it as soon as i wake up, but it is causing insomnia. Will it eventually stop causing insomnia?

I am on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for hypersomnia and take it as soon as i wake up, but it is causing insomnia. Will it eventually stop causing insomnia?

Sleep study?: If you are taking this for day-time somnulance then you may need a change in dose, a change to the release form of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or a different medication. However if you have not had a sleep study yet - that would be important. ...Read more

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Can Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) cause insomnia in someone who has hypersomnia?

Insomnia: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) contains a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Both these medicines are central nervous system stimulants and might cause insomnia. Talk to your doctor, and also you might if you take it earliest time when you wake up you might minimize this side effect. ...Read more

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Is it normal to go from being an insomnia while depressed to becoming a hypersomniac?

Hard to tell: Clinical depression can affect our sleep patterns in many ways. Most often people can have insomnia with multiple awakenings. Others have atypical symptoms and have hypersomnia. A trained physician can determine whether the depression has lifted and whether you are just "catching up". Sleepiness should be looked into if it continues and the depression has lifted. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 19 years old and I sleep 16 hours at a time and I also need naps. Could I have hypersomnia?

I'm 19 years old and I sleep 16 hours at a time and I also need naps. Could I have hypersomnia?

Definitely: You only need 8-10 hours of sleep at the most in a 24 hour period. If you sleep that much it does not leave much time to get anything else accomplished. You should talk to your doctor as they are many physical conditions that could cause increased need for sleep or you could be suffering from depression. ...Read more

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What effects can hypersomnia have on your brain and body? I mean like sleeping most of the day, only being awake for maybe 2 hrs at a time.

What effects can hypersomnia have on your brain and body? I mean like sleeping most of the day, only being awake for maybe 2 hrs at a time.

Medication effects: Thank you for informing-Depression, Lexapro (escitalopram), (escitalopram) Lamictal, and Seroquel. All of them can cause Hypersomnia. Using Lexapro (escitalopram) with Seroquel can increase the risk of an irregular heart rhythm. Discuss with Psychiatrist: •Diagnosis of Sleep Disorder, Medication side effect, Depression, Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder •Side effects of Medications and interactions •Decrease dose of some medications •Therapy ...Read more

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Can xtreme stress or after the stress is over lead the person to ve hypersomnia?I don't ve day time sleepiness but need for 10-- 12 hrs sleep

Can  xtreme stress or after the stress is over lead the  person to ve  hypersomnia?I don't ve day time sleepiness but need for 10-- 12 hrs sleep

That can occur.: What are you doing to keep stress under control? To address stress:talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program ; deep breathing. ...Read more

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Can it be hypersomnia. I am sleeping most of the times and mostly feel tired. My legs pain much most of the time.

Can it be hypersomnia. I am sleeping most of the times and mostly feel tired. My legs pain much most of the time.

Too many things...: Underactive thyroid, anemia, sleep apnea, depression, narcolepsy, restless legs, etc... Start with a good internist to get the basics checked out. If you are overweight, snore, have unplanned naps, and do not awaken from sleep refreshed, there is a chance it could be sleep apnea, you would need a sleep study for that. Usually pulmonologists specialize in sleep disorders, got get checked out. ...Read more

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Sleep study showed arousal 36 times per hour. Treated for ptsd with remeron (mirtazapine) and prozasin. Should i be on stimulant during the day for hypersomnia?

Sleep study showed arousal 36 times per hour.  Treated for ptsd with remeron (mirtazapine) and prozasin. Should i be on stimulant during the day for hypersomnia?

Can't tell with info: Unfortunately, the number of arousals does not correlate with the degree of sleepiness. Arousals are not the same as awakenings. Therefore with the information you've given me i cannot tell you whether you should be on any type of medication for hypersomnolence. That is something that you will have to discuss with your sleep physician. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Intermittent hypersomnia, what can I do?

See a sleep spec: Intermittent hypersomnia describes uncontrollable sleepiness (sleep attacks) for unclear reason. You would want to rule out any number of conditions that could contribute. ...Read more

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Where do I go for a hypersomnia treatment?

Hypersomnia.: I would suggest you start with your family physician. You can get a sense if you are excessively sleepy, by completing an epworth sleepiness scale which you can get online. Take this with you to your doctor. He/she can determine if a referral to a sleep specialist would be indicated. ...Read more

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I'm always tired. Should I get tested for hypersomnia to count as disability?

Hypersomnia: May occur with or without long sleep time (> or < 10 hrs). Total sleep may be over 12-14 hours. • naps generally long and unrefreshing. Sleep inertia common. Need help waking up. • mslt shows average sleep latency < 8 min and < 2 sorems. • prevalence ~1: 20, 000 • onset usually around age 10-30, develops over several weeks, then stable, resolves in 25% • CSF hypocretin normal, but histamine may be. ...Read more

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