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Hypersomnia

is conventionally defined as an inability to consistently attain and sustain wakefulness and alertness necessary to meet the demands and accomplish the tasks of daily living. This definition, however, poses major challenges to a clinician who attempts to establish its presence and grade its severity. Needless to say, it is essential to distinguish among hypersomnia in which alertness mechanisms fail, leading to potentially dangerous sleep attacks; weak alerting systems in which a sleepy person has to put extra effort to stay awake; and overactive sleep-promoting processes. (Source: Sleep Medicine Clinics)

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