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The new clinical research is designed for people under age 45 diagnosed with either narcolepsy type 2 or idiopathic hypersomnia, both of which “have excessive daytime sleepiness as the primary symptom.”
According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one-third of American adults report they usually receive less than the recommended amount of sleep, which is linked to several chronic diseases and conditions like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression and obesity.
And there are multiple kinds of sleep disorders out there, from obstructive sleep apnea to hypersomnia to narcolepsy, but "many sleep specialists have argued that distinctions between narcolepsy type 2 and idiopathic hypersomnia are arbitrary, and the pathology and mechanisms behind them are equally unclear," Trotti says. "That's why we are including both in our study."
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