Idiopathic Hypersomnia is a rare sleep disorder than can affect the quality of your sleep or how much sleep you get. The exact cause of Idiopathic Hypersomnia is unknown, but you can learn more about possible causes.
Watch Beth share her experience living with Idiopathic Hypersomnia.
For Danny, sleep inertia (also called sleep drunkenness) is a typical part of waking up.
Beth, a PERSON living with IH:
Before my IH diagnosis, I didn't know why after 8-12 hours of sleep I still felt partially asleep; it affected my functioning in so many ways."
Idiopathic Hypersomnia is often confused with other conditions where excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) occurs. These conditions include obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), depression, narcolepsy (Type 1 and 2), ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and other psychological or psychiatric disorders.
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If you have Idiopathic Hypersomnia, it can be frustrating when people don't "get you." Sometimes, family, friends, and even doctors may need help understanding the challenges. School, work, and home life can all be a struggle; relying on others makes it hard to feel independent, and the stigma attached to the condition can be very hurtful and impact your personal relationships.
Watch Beth talk about another challenge of living with IH: stigma.
How Danny and Beth find support in their community.