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If you have hypersomnia, your doctor can prescribe various drugs to treat it, including stimulants, antidepressants, as well as several newer medications (for example, Provigil and Xyrem).

If you have sleep apnea, your doctor may prescribe a treatment known as continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. With CPAP, you wear a mask over your nose while sleeping. A machine that delivers a continuous flow of air into the nostrils is hooked up to the mask. The pressure from air flowing into the nostrils helps keep the airways open.

If you're taking a medication that causes drowsiness, ask your doctor about changing to one less likely to make you sleepy. You may also want to go to bed earlier to try to get more sleep at night, and eliminate alcohol and caffeine.

p at night, and eliminate alcohol and caffeine.

From: Sleep and Hypersomnia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE:  National Sleep Foundation.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

SOURCE:  National Sleep Foundation.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

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