Hypersomnia: How Your Diet Plays a Role

Friday, 15 Oct 2010 12:19 PM

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Do you feel sleepy all the time? At work, home, or even when you are driving? Do you feel drowsy, fatigued through the day, and consistently experience an inability to think clearly? Well, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder known as idiopathic hypersomnia, which translates into excessive sleepiness during the daytime. An examination of your sleeping habits, underlying medical conditions (sleep apnea or difficulty breathing during sleep), and emotional state may help diagnose idiopathic hypersomnia. Hypersomnia treatment may include prescriptions for specific anti-depressants and stimulant drugs. However, modifying your diet and lifestyle will also greatly assist in the treatment of idiopathic hypersomnia.
 
 Hypersomnia and diet are related because there are certain foods that may adversely affect your sleeping pattern and worsen hypersomnia symptoms. On the other hand, incorporating foods that perk up your energy levels and beat fatigue will help with the treatment of hypersomnia by reducing anxiety and relieving hypersomnolence-induced drowsiness.
 
Hypersomnia and Diet

Good nutrition is essential for optimum sleep. Eating the correct combination of foods not only acts as an energy booster but also effectively prevents the onset of hypersomnia symptoms. Here are some tips:
 
1. Avoiding alcohol and drug usage is crucial in treating hypersomnia. Indulgence in any kind of substance abuse may wreck your sleeping pattern and lead to hypersomnolence.
2.Caffeine is yet another stimulant that disrupts the regular sleep schedule. It should be restricted, especially during late evening. Additionally, avoid excessive intake of tobacco.
3. Carbohydrates stimulate your brain to make more of the sedating chemical serotonin, which helps create a more relaxed state of mind. Enjoy a carbohydrate rich dinner to avoid hypersomnia, but ensure you add good sources of protein with carbs in your breakfast for an energy packed day.
4. Eat your meals at regular intervals to promote a stable blood glucose level and a steady flow of energy through the day.
5. Drink enough fluids, learn to manage stress, and stick to a sleep schedule to combat symptoms of hypersomnia.
6. Make changes in your lifestyle to ensure that you don’t work or party late at night. Consuming a heavy, fat laden dinner or watching TV minutes before bedtime will also wreck your sleep during the night and cause daytime sleepiness or hypersomnia.
7. Being overweight may lead to sleep apnea, a known trigger for sleep disorders like hypersomnia. Set realistic weight loss goals and try to achieve your ideal body weight by watching your diet.
8. Exercise regularly for 20-30 minutes to induce a good night’s sleep and a refreshed feeling in the mornings.
 
Follow a few of the above-mentioned dietary tips and watch your hypersomnia disappear.

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