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Why don't I want to sleep or eat?

Asked by Prosb (4271points) May 29th, 2011

I was sick recently, and have almost fully recovered at this point, except with two problems. I have not slept in over two days, and don’t feel the slightest bit drowsy. I have not eaten for over 24 hours, and don’t even feel like having a snack. At the point where I last ate, it was to see if it’d stir some hunger in me after not wanting food for 36 hrs.

While this is a rather convenient development, and I know I will NEED to do these at some point, I’m still wondering what is causing it, any ideas?

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jrpowell's avatar

Is there a weather change? I don’t eat nearly as much in the summer.

Prosb's avatar

It had become warmer recently, but it’s cooled much since then, and don’t think a change of weather could affect my hunger/sleep levels so drastically. : /
Thanks for the input though!

Seaofclouds's avatar

First things first, if you haven’t already started talking to a doctor about this, you need to do that. Sooner rather than later.

When you say you were sick recently and mostly better, what do you mean exactly. Different illnesses have different manifestations and while you may be starting to feel better, your body may not be there yet.

Have you been feeling depressed lately?

augustlan's avatar

Hyperthyroidism comes to mind. Be careful, please.

answerjill's avatar

Sometimes people have trouble sleeping and eating when they are going through a manic phase. In any case, check in with a doctor about your situation.

Prosb's avatar

I only had the common cold I think. Congestion, sore throat and headaches. Didn’t last long though. Last time I was sick, about a month ago, my appetite went down then too. But I was still getting sleepy and the lack of hunger obviously went away eventually. I’m off to look up Hyperthyroidism.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Never hurts to talk to your doctor. It’s a good idea.

Honestly, that happens to me often after I’ve been sick. It’s as if I spring back from illness with such vigor that I go a little overboard.

Prosb's avatar

Looked it up, based on how I feel, I don’t think Hyperthyroidism is it, at least not at first glance. I’m not shaky, tired or losing weight/extra hungry. (Or any of the other common symptoms)

@ANef_is_Enuf I usually still eat plenty when sick is the only thing. And the thing that has never happened is this complete lack of drowsiness, which wasn’t there last time I was sick.
Note: I could probably go to sleep if I tried, just that it feels unnecessary at present.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Prosb if it is not normal for you, then it is best to check with your doctor. I was only offering my own experience to illustrate that it may not be unusual. We’re all different, though, and only a doctor can take a look and let you know for sure if you should be worried. :)

Prosb's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf Thanks, I appreciate the input. It’s definitely not a normal thing for me, but I’m quite sure it’ll pass. If not soonish, I’ll eat something and just lay there till I fall asleep. If it persists, I’ll get pretty damn worried.

Hibernate's avatar

Take some beta carotene pills and after a while you’ll eat.

As for the sleep don’t worry .. sooner or later you’ll be sleeping ^^ Since you were sick you didn’t move so you haven’t use the energy.

janbb's avatar

You may have a viral disease like mono; see a doctor.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Keeping drinking fluids like water and juice.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Both are common symptoms of a great many things. For the time being I wouldn’t worry about it but if it continues for more than a few days if speak to your doc about it.

Ladymia69's avatar

Sometimes, when one is sick, one’s body does not want or need food. Digestion takes a lot of energy, and at that time, it needs to take a backseat to the body focusing its energies on healing itself. As far as rest, I know it hard to sleep when sick or getting over being sick (sometimes I get a sort of post-illness “elation”), so unless it goes on for days, i wouldn’t worry…your body might know what it is doing. Our bodies are wiser than we think (most of the time). of course, if this goes on for a long time, please go see a doctor!

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