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Recurrent hypersomnia is characterized by recurrent, reversible episodes of hypersomnia often associated with other symptoms that typically occurs weeks or months apart. During episodes, sufferers experience extreme sleepiness and have big sleep requirements, sometimes sleeping as much as 16 to 20 hours a day.
Two types of recurrent hypersomnia are recognized, Kleine-Levin syndrome, and menstrual-related hypersomnia. Menstrual-related hypersomnia is extremely rare. In this case, hypersomnia reoccurs periodically for one week generally around menses. The use of contraceptive hormonotherapy is usually efficacious.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.