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Boy who slept for 11 days -What you should know about excessive sleep

What do you know about excessive sleep? Have you ever struggled to stay awake during the day? Do you you find yourself waking up after more than the usual hours of sleep?

In an unusual case of excessive sleep, a 7-year-old Kentucky boy fell into a deep, 11-day sleep according to  WDRB reports.

Amy Shaw said she and her son Wyatt were at a wedding and Wyatt was the life of the party.

After the wedding, she expected the 7-year-old to be tired, but couldn’t have expected what happened next.

Wyatt fell asleep and wouldn’t wake up for 11 days. He has been a patient at Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville since the first week of October.

Medication usually used to treat seizures woke the boy up, but doctors are still stumped, as every test on Wyatt came back clear.

“[The doctors] said, ‘We’ll probably never know, but we’re just going to treat him now with rehab to get him better,’” Shaw said.

Wyatt is having trouble walking and talking but seems to be improving, according to WDRB.

What you should know about excessive sleep

Excessive sleep also known as somnolence can be just as distressing as insomnia.  If you ever struggled to stay aawake during the day, you would know that fighting sleepiness could be  just as difficult as trying to overcome insomnia.  According to one study, excessive daytime sleep may affect up to 18% of the population. Howver, the commonest cause of excessive daytime sleep is insufficient sleep which can easily been identified. In some cases, it may be diffciult to identify the probable cause of of excessive sleep. What are some of the possible causes of excessive sleep? Some of the common cause are:


Possible causes Examples
Sleep deprivation


Jet lag, fatigue
Fragmentation of sleepRestless leg syndrome, environmental causes, periodic limb movement
Central nervous system  disordersNarcolepsy,  Kleine-levine syndrome, menstrual-related sleep disorder,  sleeping sickness
NeurologicalEpilepsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis
Mental disordersDepression, Schizophrenia, anxiety
Other organic diseasesChronic liver failure, kidney failure, heart failure, obesity
MedicationsAlcohol, opiates, anti-epileptics


People suffering from EDS may self-medicate or use caffeine, exacerbating the problem. Caffeine increases sleep latency and reduces both total sleep time. According to one study, persons that drink 6 or more cups of tea daily are more likely to have

What can help you to manage excessive sleepiness?

Focus on making lifestyle changes that would improve your sleep. For example, do you have a bedtime routine? Is the bedroom free from noises that can interrupt your sleep? What is your level of physical activity? These are important components of sleep hygiene that should be maintained at all times.

It is when this fails that medications such as stimulants are needed.

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