How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Refreshed or rested? 

People with idiopathic hypersomnia, rarely experience waking up without an overwhelming sense of tiredness. You probably haven’t heard of IH because it’s a rare sleep disorder that makes people feel sleepy during the day. 

Less than 200,000 people in the U.S. have this disorder, compared to the nearly 70 million Americans who have the most common sleep disorder, insomnia. Due to the rarity of IH, it’s easier for people to get misdiagnosed with other disorders.  

Common symptoms of IH are severe sleep inertia — when you feel confused in the morning — difficulty waking up, brain fog, and daytime sleepiness. Victoria Kirby York knows these symptoms all too well.

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