Hypersomnia Topic Guide
Hypersomnia: Hypersomnia is a condition characterized by episodes of prolonged nighttime sleep or excessive daytime sleepiness. Symptoms include anxiety, increased irritation, decreased energy, slow thinking, slow speech, loss of appetite, and more. Causes of hypersomnia include other sleep disorders, physical problems such as tumor or head trauma, medications, medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis, depression, epilepsy, obesity, and encephalitis, and genetic predisposition. Treatment for hypersomnia is generally with medication and changes in behavior.
Obesity More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight, including at least one in five children. Nearly one-third are obese. Obesity is on the rise in our society because food is abundant and physical activity is optional. The safest way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. Treatment may also include medications, surgery, and behavior modification.
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