Not many give sleeping problems the importance they deserve. Whether it is the simple and inconspicuous snoring disturbing bedroom peace or something that sounds more complex and serious like primary and idiopathic hypersomnolence, callousness regarding taking remedial action applies to all. If only we knew beforehand how untreated sleep disorders can turn ruinous, uprooting every part of one’s life in every possible way.
Sleep disorders have an unobtrusive and stealthy way of entering our lives. Take the example of a situation which is marked by excessive sleepiness during the day. Initially, it all seems harmless. It ends up with most of us ignoring such minor developments as part of a passing phase. But once left untreated, the same seemingly inoffensive signs worsen and pave way for incredible suffering and distress, in no time.
What is hypersomnolence? As strange as it may seem, not many know too much about this health disorder which tragically strikes when the victim is between 15 and 30 years of age. Termed as a ‘rare disease’ by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) it remains for life and responds very poorly to any kind of therapy.
It is easy to give a bad name to a person who behaves slightly off-track. For example, if you meet someone who shows signs of excessive sleepiness during the day, you quickly become judgmental and call him or her lazy, a job shirker or some others may think that the person leads a fast lifestyle with too many late nights, etc. In any case, this important warning signal usually gets ignored.
Perhaps the most tragic side to primary and idiopathic hypersomnia is that it strikes when one is getting ready to start the journey of life – between 15 and 30 years of age. The next bad news is that the condition responds very poorly to any kind of therapy, tending to remain a lifelong illness.
Before you brand someone who suffers from excessive daytime sleepiness all the time as innately lazy, perhaps you need to brush up your medical knowledge. For excessive sleepiness during the day could have several connotations. In fact, it could be a precursor to a host of sleep disorders including sleep apnea, hypersomnia or even narcolepsy sleep disorder. Unfortunately, there are a couple of factors that usually misdirect the sufferer as well as those around him or her. First of all, it is linked to exhaustion, lack of good sleep during the night,etc. Secondly, this symptom is common to many kinds of sleep disorders, resulting in misdiagnosis or even wrong treatments.