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· Epworth Sleepiness Scale – This sleep questionnaire asks you to rank whether certain situations make you sleepy and, if so, how sleepy. Your responses will assist your doctor in providing a formal diagnosis.
· Nocturnal polysomnogram - This test will measure the electrical activity of your brain (electroencephalogram) and heart (electrocardiogram), and the movement of your muscles (electromyogram) and eyes (electro-oculogram) and usually requires an overnight stay at a sleep clinic for observation purposes.
· Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) – This test measures how long it takes for you to fall asleep during the day. Sleep specialists will observe your sleep patterns.
· Blood test – A blood test that measures antigens, often found in people with a family history of narcolepsy, can also be done. The blood test is not conclusive but it can be helpful in establishing the possibility and probability of narcolepsy.
Hypersomnia may be caused by another sleep disorder (such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea), dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, or drug or alcohol abuse. In some cases it results from a physical problem, such as a tumor, head trauma, or injury to the central nervous system. Certain medications, or medicine withdrawal, may also cause hypersomnia. Medical conditions including multiple sclerosis, depression, encephalitis, epilepsy, or obesity may contribute to the disorder.
Originally posted by HellonWheels41
Oh, and by the way. Why haven't they taken my drivers licence away.
You know how many cars I've crashed falling asleep behind the wheel. All of them. I must have been in about twenty car crahes in my life. And you should see my mother drive. She's worse than me.