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Sleep Disturbances

Symptoms

INSOMNIA

Insomnia is defined by a persistent inability to fall asleep, difficulty staying asleep,  poor quality of sleep or the inability to go back to sleep.  It can be short term lasting up to three weeks or long term lasting more than three weeks.  It can also come and go, with periods of time when a person has no sleep problems.


HYPERSOMNIA

Hypersomnia is characterized by recurrent episodes of excessive daytime sleepiness or prolonged nighttime sleep.  It is different from feeling tired due to lack of sleep. People with hypersomnia are compelled to nap repeatedly during the day. These naps often occur at inappropriate times such as at work, during a meal, or in conversation. These daytime naps usually provide no relief from symptoms.

  • Symptoms include:

    • Irritability
    • Decreased energy
    • Restlessness
    • Slow thinking
    • Slow speech
    • Loss of appetite
    • Hallucinations
    • Memory difficulty

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