Special Considerations for Treatment of Hypersomnias

C. Stephenson, Erik K St Louis

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Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is the hallmark symptom of the hypersomnias of central origin. Historically, medications were the primary treatment option, with the goals of improving alertness while minimizing side effects. Though not well recognized, and underutilized, special consideration should be given to nonpharmacological interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation training, and light therapy, as effective adjuncts to pharmacotherapy to comprise a comprehensive treatment plan offering the best care possible for patients with hypersomnia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Sleep
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780123786111
ISBN (Print)9780123786104
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Automatic behaviors
  • Behavior modification
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Hypersomnia
  • Idiopathic hypersomnia
  • Light therapy
  • Relaxation therapies
  • Sleep drunkenness
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Stimulus control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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