Hypersomnia is a common sleep disorder that can affect anyone. We spoke to Clifton Hunt, M.D., a founder of the Delaware Sleep Disorders Centers based in Wilmington, Del., for one approach to the medical problems you or your loved one may suffer from when trying to sleep.
If you think you might have hypersomnia, use this as a reference point before getting personalized medical advice from your doctor or other accredited sleep expert. --Holly Quinn
If you find yourself frequently dozing off during waking hours, you may suffer from hypersomnia. "Everybody gets sleepy during the day sometimes," says Dr. Hunt. "Hypersomnia is when you're tired enough to nap and not function well all the time." Hypersomnia can be life-threatening -- and dangerous to others -- if you fall asleep at the wheel, and should be treated.
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Clifton Hunt, M.D., is the medical director for the Stoney Batter Cleep Center in Pike Creek, Del., and is a founder of the Delaware Sleep Disorder Centers located throughout the state. Dr. Hunt is board certified in sleep medicine, pulmonary medicine and internal medicine.
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