I have suffered since I was a baby/child with being excessively tired! I used to fall asleep standing up and in my dinner when I was a kid.
As I got older I found it difficult to stay awake whilst at school or revising.
I am now 24 and have a full time job in which I am extremely tired every day and have to catch myself from nodding off whilst doing something a bit tedious.
I rarely can ever watch a film the whole way through or read a book without falling asleep.
I have about 7-8 hours sleep on average every night. This is undisturbed and I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow and I find it very difficult to wake up when my alarm goes off. I've only not been able to sleep a couple of times my whole life ... I always sleep right through.
I have suffered from Sleep Paralysis before, I usually get it at more stressful times of my life or if I feel more exhausted than normal then it can happen. It feels like someone is sitting on my chest and I can't breathe, i cant move my arms and legs and I can hear a buzzing getting louder when I know its coming on. I have to twitch my foot to eventually kick me out of it but it is a scary experience. This also sometimes combines a sound which sounds like someone screaming out my name.. it is very disturbing. The last episode of sleep paralysis I had was only a month or two ago and it is frequent enough.
I have a number of symptoms that relate to a number of sleep disorders and I really want to go to get checked out by a sleep clinic but have been put off doing this by my friends and family who advise me that I might not be able to do normal things if I am diagnosed eg. driving. They do not particularly think that I have a sleep condition... they think that I am just sleepy but they do not understand how I cannot physically keep my eyes open and no matter if I am sitting up and watching t.v my head will bop while i try and stay awake. I dont think they want to admit that I may have a problem with sleep :(
I would really like some information from people suffering from the same thing. Especially if you have been diagnosed.
I also have very vivid dreams most nights which are easily remembered and sometimes too vivid that I mistake them for reality. I am a deep sleeper, i do not snore or stop breathing in myself (not sleep apnea). I have had a few times in my life where I feel like there is a gigantic spider jumping on me in the middle of the night and I wake up pushing it away and searching for it. It sounds silly but it is very scary, especially as a kid.
I do suffer from anxiety but I don't believe the two are connected because I have always been this way since I was a baby and only started to suffer with anxiety when I was 17.
I find it so difficult to concentrate and I feel like I am weak and have to lean on things if I am just standing still. I used to have anaemia but do not anymore.
Sorry for the long explanation but I would really really really like some help with this and opinions if you think it is worth getting it checked by a specialist.