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Difficulty waking up

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 11, 2010
  • 00:35 AM

My son is 21 years old and cannot wake up in the morning. He does get 7-8 hours sleep but still cannot wake up. No matter what we try to get him to get up just does not work. No matter what the responsibility, such as work or college, he will more than often not get up. He sleeps through the loud ringing of the alarm clocks and telephone. When he does get up early, he will lay down after work and sleep for a few hours. However, if he is left to wake up by himself (which is late afternoon - 12+ hours sleep), he seems more refreshed.

He tells me that it bothers him to not being able to wake up... he gets frustrated with himself when he finally gets up and realizes he's missed school, work, appointments etc..

I don't think it's sleap apnea, as I never hear him snore. He had Mono as a teenager and I wonder if this has anything to do with it. Is there something that would help him wake up easily and refreshed?

Please help as I fear this will affect his life - both career and relationship whize!

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  • Does he have any other symptoms? headaches? allergies? bowel issues? pain? etc
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • August 13, 2010
    • 07:25 PM
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  • Does he have any other symptoms? headaches? allergies? bowel issues? pain? etcHe has not complained of the above symptoms. I do think he has ADD, although I never had him diagnosed. He has most of ADD symptoms - Inability to concentrate, trouble while following directions , unorganized, difficulty meeting deadlines, forgetful, impatient and restless, difficulty in finding things, trouble with managing time, makes mistakes when allotted an important task and acts before thinking about the final results. I did not want to have him professionnally diagnosed as a child because I did not want him on ritaline, nor did I want him labelled with ADD at school. Although teachers would mention that he was both disruptive and or appeared to be in his own little world, none suggested he might have ADD, because he would still do well on tests, although he would often submit his assignments incomplete and/or late. Today, I realize I may have done more harm than good... it was thought at that time that kids grew out of ADD.Unfortunately, as a young adult, he still has these symptoms. However, his inability to wake up in the morning started only after he had mono at age 16. Please tell me what I can do to help my son. I am seriously worried for his future!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 15, 2010
    • 04:22 PM
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  • Has his thyroid function been tested? I had mono too as a young adult, but my inability to awaken during a later illness was attributed to a hypothyroid state. I'd have my alarm as loud as it would go, and I'd sleep right through it. I would suggest his physician do an endocrine work-up, as this can be a symptom of other endocrine disorders as well (I'm now in medical school)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 14, 2010
    • 05:37 PM
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