Living With Hypersomnia: The Woman Who Slept, But Got No Rest

Dr. David B. Rye, faculty member in Neuroscience, is mentioned in a CNN report about his research of hypersomnia at the Emory Sleep Center. After years of research, Dr. Rye and his team found that some patients have a hyper sensitivity to a naturally occurring sedative in the brain, known as GABA. Essentially, the hyperactivity of GABA in a patient's system acts as a "parking brake," no matter how much "acceleration" is applied from stimulants. They discovered that a drug called Flumazenil, sometimes used to help bring people out of anesthesia, can overcome the GABA abnormality in patients like Hulshizer.

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