The most common treatments for excessive sleepiness are stimulant medications. However, these drugs are not a substitute for sleep. People with idiopathic hypersomnia often must allow more time in their schedules for sleep than most people, even while using such medications. Here are some additional tips for coping with extreme sleepiness:
- Take naps whenever possible.
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
- Avoid alcohol and medications that may cause drowsiness.
- Talk to your friends, family, and co-workers about your symptoms so that they know what to expect and how to help.