I have never been diagnosed with anything despite being constantly tested by doctors to see if I have any problems.
I sleep an UNBELIEVABLE amount. I'm not talking 10-12 hours I am talking 15-20 hours. I had glandula fever when I was 17 and it was left undiagnosed for about 2 months. Ever since I have massive sleeping issues, I always love sleep as it was but ever since I can almost be in a coma, sleeping 18 hours not waking up once to pee or drink. The longest I have slept was 22 hours, no waking up nothing. I can sleep through alarms and any kind of noise. I have slept in a room where people were yelling and partying and my sleep was not disturbed.
Doctors have called me lazy and said that they cannot find anything, and I just need to get into a better sleeping routine. I tried. For 4 (long) months I went to bed and woke up after 8 hours by having my partner shake me and/or carry me out of bed and place me in a bathtub of water. I became sick with flu like symptoms and my brain became foggy. It was impossible to hold down a job and deal with day to day life. Until I discovered alcohol made me feel awake. From the age of 19-23 I drank a lot on weekends just so I could see friends. I am one of those people who make plans then back out at the last moment claiming to have doubled up, when really, I'm going to bed.
I currently have a full time job, I work 9 days a fortnight and manage to not call in sick very often, but the issue is I have clouded memory, I forget everything unless I write it down, and I am constantly tired and sore (I feel like a hypochondriac!) I dream of sleeping forever. I couldn't think of anything better to do with my time, and it's so sad. I want a real life. My partner hates it and wishes I was more active.
I would see a sleep specialist and find out if you have narcolepsy. That is a neurological disorder that makes people sleep excessively and fall asleep too easily. Sleep apnea can cause excessive daytime sleepiness too, checked by the same type Dr. If those two things are ruled out, perhaps a stimulant medication might help. These do have legitimate medical indications, and I think you would qualify. Excessive sleep can also be a symptoms of depression, low thyroid, and thyroid levels are easy to check by blood test.
There is a neurological disorder called Kleine-Levin syndrome, or "Sleeping Beauty syndrome". Other symptoms are: lethargy, apathy, confusion, lack of energy, and disorientation.
Some have reported that they can go periods without symptoms, then reappear without warning. The cause is not known.
I remember seeing this on the news long ago. A teenage girl had it. Something to consider maybe.
Last edited by Robocat; 08-28-2013 at 05:21 AM.