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Help! If I could sleep my life away I would! What is wrong with me?

Asked by ZEPHYRA (13835 points ) November 27th, 2012

No matter how much I have slept, I always seem to be half dead. I live a lethargic life. Except for work hours, the rest are all taken up by sleep. I HATE this way of life, but I can’t keep my eyes open. I would do anything to gain energy. I have tried all kinds of vitamins and anything possibly imaginable, but I still feel like death warmed up. It can’t be the anti-depressants because I have tried various ones thinking it may be the cause. They don’t seem to do that to anyone else who takes them.
Do I just have to accept that I will always be like that?

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poisonedantidote's avatar

Do you smoke? weed? any other drugs? what is your diet like? what did you eat yesterday and the day before? have you seen a doctor about it?

I used to be like that too, it turns out it was all down to weed and crappy food for me. Once I started putting apples and salad in to my body and quit smoking weed, I found it hard to actually get some sleep.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Nope been nowhere near weed and generally smoking. I would not say I am the world’s healthies eater but neither the unhealthiest. Vegetarian too. I do eat lots of sugary stuff though wrongfully thinking it will boost my energy levels! I may as well bury myself NOW!

poisonedantidote's avatar

Do you sleep in a room that has light coming from a tv or laptop or other source?

If you have light in your room, be it a laptop, tv, or just light that comes from the street, it can cause problems. Light suppresses the production of melatonin, and can lead to you feeling tired the next day. You need to get rid of any light in the room, to make sure you get a good nights sleep.

If you are overweight that can affect your breathing, even if you are slightly overweight, and can also lead to you feeling tired, from not getting proper sleep.

I would say, lose a touch of weight, eat better foods, turn off all lights, and make sure the bed is nice and comfortable and clean and inviting, and see if that helps at all.

I will keep thinking on it.

poisonedantidote's avatar

Oh, also…

You should not use back lit devices such as smart phones or tablets before sleep, as the light from them can lower melatonin levels by about 20%

Don’t use any such device an hour or two before sleep.

EDIT: source

glacial's avatar

Maybe you should go to a sleep clinic. @poisonedantidote is right; if you have trouble breathing in your sleep, then you could be exhausted in your waking life. Sleep apnea is a common problem, and can lead to more serious health issues. You should find out if you have it.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Do you workout? That helps me keep my energy up.

Shippy's avatar

Energy begets energy, work out and you’ll find you have tons.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Have you seen a doctor? How long has this been occurring? Constant lethargy is a symptom of many, many things.

bookish1's avatar

Have you ever had your thyroid levels tested?

Coloma's avatar

Yes, I’d check your thyroid and maybe you are depressed as well. As @livelaughlove21 said, this could be a symptom of many things, perhaps even overlapping conditions like thyroid which might cause depression and lethargy too.

hearkat's avatar

I also agree that this should be discussed with a physician. Blood tests will likely be ordered, and a sleep study to evaluate your sleep patterns – the test isn’t just to check for apnea, but also tells if you are getting the appropriate amount of time in the various sleep cycles.

My fiancé has mild apnea and has had it all his adult life. When we met, he said he couldn’t sleep for more than 4 hours at a stretch… I encouraged him to get a sleep study, and he has been using a CPAP machine for over a year now, and was disappointed when he was unable to use it when the power was out following Hurricane Sandy – he says that he can really feel a difference all day from getting a good night’s sleep.

KNOWITALL's avatar

How many hours of sleep a day are we talking about? I assume more than 8 hours if you think it’s abnormal. I agree with most of the others, dr and sleep study.

My husband was tired all the time, and after the sleep study we found his quality of sleep was extremely poor and it took him 2x as long to fall asleep as a normal person. He had 2 seizures this year as well for no physical reason, but we think it’s sleep related. So with new meds, 2 xanax at night to sleep and seizure meds, he’s good for now.

I’d definately try the diet and exercise first and if that doesn’t get it, talk to the doc.

Earthgirl's avatar

Maybe you need to rule out ” chronic fatigue syndrome”:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002224/
I had a friend who suffered from this and it was very debillitating. Good luck with finding out what it is. I hope you can solve the problem.

yankeetooter's avatar

I have been extremely exhausted lately, but I chalked it up to a lot of stress in my life right now…

mistic84's avatar

There was an article on a news site that I was reading today. It talked about a woman that slept 18 hours a day and was still tired. She planned her day around sleeping. She was diagnosed with a sleep disorder and was put on some kind of medication. Sorry I can’t be more detailed. I am trying to locate the article now.

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