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Sleepiness; sleeping too long (40+ hrs), daytime drowsiness

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  • Posted By: sailer11
  • March 27, 2011
  • 04:38 AM

Hello all,

I am 23 year old male in college. I have been struggling with daytime sleepiness and drowsiness that has had a severe impact in my school, work and daily routine. I am writing here in hopes to reaching out to someone who may have the same problems that I am going through. For the past few years, I have been struggling with daytime sleepiness. When I was about 17, I was diagnosed with Bi-Polar, Depression and ADD. At the time, my providers believed that my mental illnesses were the causes of my sleepiness. In recent months, I got a sleep study done, however I have not seen the results. All I do remember is that I did not get fitted for a mask to receive oxygen and that I was in very, very deep sleep when the sleep technicians were trying to wake me up.

My sleepiness has been getting worse in recent weeks; I slept for about 40 hours straight since Thurs. I only woke up 3 times to use the bathroom and eat something. I sought medical help right away after consulting a mental crisis hotline because I felt something was not right with me, so I went to the ER to get looked at. I was ordered blood work to rule out a thyroid disorder, viral infections and any vitamin deficiencies. The ER doctor cleared me for any medical disorders, so I was recommended to see a mental counselor.

I understand from looking at my past mental history, that my daytime sleepiness can be attributed to my depression, but I have a gut feeling that something is not right with me medically. I am just at a loss as to why my body is needing so much sleep. It has gotten to the point where I will sleep if I have down time; I am just too tired and I cannot focus. I have missed classes and school work as a result.

Has anyone here experienced daytime sleepiness and long sleeping times? If so, what have you been diagnosed with and what have you done to get help?

Thank you in advance for your time, I really appreciate it.

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  • Hi.. I myself have chronic fatigue syndrome/ME and when I was very bad, I can just sleep for mths only waking up once a day to eat and pee, at one point I was lucky not to die as I couldnt even stay awake to eat my meals or drink. If Im relapsing not so badly.. I can sleep for most of 2-3 days It has gotten to the point where I will sleep if I have down time; I am just too tired and I cannot focus. I have missed classes and school work as a result. Thou depression can make someone want to sleep a lot and tired some .. depression shouldnt make one actually NEED to sleep that long. It's sounding like you actually need to sleep rather then just wanting to sleep. The actual need compared to just wanting to sleep can distinish between depression and another health issue. I wouldnt usually suggest something like maybe CFS to someone not mentioning other symptoms other then hypersomina but seeing your issue was there some before you started meds and seeing you have had sleep study already done which should rule out things like sleep apnea. Im going to suggest possible CFS (thou you wont be able to get a diagnoses without having other symptoms on top). Those with CFS can have coexisting depression with it and have reactive mood swings as often are more sensitive then the norm due to so often being very tired. CFS can make someone feel "wired but tired" .. like hyper due to tiredness (Im not saying your other diagnoses are wrong.. but just be aware that extreme tiredness can have mental consequences on people). There are probably other illnesses out there which cause extreme hypersomnia but I dont know of any others other then sleep issues, drug issues or chronic fatigue syndrome.
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