Sleeping More Than Usual Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your sleeping more than usual symptoms, including 8 causes and common questions.

This symptom can also be referred to as: hypersomnia

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Contents

  1. 8 Possible Sleeping More Than Usual Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

8 Possible Sleeping More Than Usual Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced sleeping more than usual. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Idiopathic hypersomnia

Idiopathic hypersomnia is an uncommon, chronic neurologic sleep disorder that is characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness that persists and is not alleviated by an adequate night's sleep. The condition can develop over weeks to months and is distinct from other slee...

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Kleine-levin syndrome

Kleine-Levin syndrome (KLS) is a rare neurological disorder characterized by episodes of excessive need for sleep that occur weeks or months apart. During episodes, sufferers often require more than 15 hours of sleep per day and experience other symptoms, such as irritabili...

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Substance-induced depression

A depressive episode is a mental disorder in which a person feels constantly sad, hopeless, discouraged, and loses interest in activities and life. These symptoms can be triggered by the use of, or withdrawal from alcohol, drugs or certain medications.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: fatigue, loss of appetite, depressed mood, irritability, anxiety

Symptoms that always occur with substance-induced depression: depressed mood, substance-induced depressed mood

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Depression

Depression is a mental disorder in which a person feels constantly sad, hopeless, discouraged, and loses interest in activities and life on more days than not. These symptoms interfere with daily life, work, and friendships.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: fatigue, depressed mood, headache, anxiety, irritability

Symptoms that always occur with depression: depressed mood

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Mild chronic depression (dysthymia)

Mild chronic depression is also called dysthymia, dysthymic disorder, or persistent depressive disorder. It is a long-term, low-grade depression that may last for years and periodically swings from mild to severe, but never really lifts.

The cause of is not certain. Heredity and brain chemistry may make it more difficult to cope with stressful life events. Dysthymia often begins early in life and may appear in childhood, especially among those with other mental health disorders.

Symptoms include feeling hopeless and inadequate; loss of interest in normal activities; trouble sleeping; irritability; and difficulty relating to others.

Long-term depression can seriously affect anyone's quality of life. If there is talk of suicide, it should be considered a medical emergency. Take the patient to the emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination and blood testing to rule out any physical cause, and through psychological evaluation.

Treatment involves antidepressant medication and "talk therapy," as well as help with life management and coping skills.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: fatigue, depressed mood, irritability, difficulty concentrating, impaired social or occupational functioning

Symptoms that always occur with mild chronic depression (dysthymia): depressed mood

Symptoms that never occur with mild chronic depression (dysthymia): severe sadness

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Non-specific depressed mood

Depressed mood can be a normal occurrence, many people have short periods in their lives when they feel down or sad. Your symptoms do not meet the criteria for a depression.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: depressed mood

Symptoms that always occur with non-specific depressed mood: depressed mood

Symptoms that never occur with non-specific depressed mood: thoughts of suicide

Urgency: Wait and watch

Bipolar disorder ii

Bipolar Disorder II is similar to Bipolar disorder I, except that the patient experiences hypomanic episodes rather than manic episodes. A hypomanic epsiode includes the same symptoms as a manic episode except that it does not impair social or occupational functioning.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms:

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Bipolar disorder type i

Bipolar disorder is an illness of the brain that causes swings in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to function on a day-to-day basis. These symptoms are severe and unlike the normal ups and downs of life.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms:

Urgency: In-person visit

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Sleeping More Than Usual

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Do you have thoughts of hurting yourself?
  • Are you sleepy during the day?
  • On average, how many hours do you sleep?
  • Are you feeling irritable (easily made upset)?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Sleeping More Than Usual Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced sleeping more than usual have also experienced:

  • 23% Fatigue
  • 6% Daytime Sleepiness
  • 3% Trouble Sleeping

People who have experienced sleeping more than usual were most often matched with:

  • 33% Idiopathic Hypersomnia
  • 33% Kleine-Levin Syndrome
  • 33% Substance-Induced Depression

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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