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Sleeping a lot but still tired
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by lalila, Apr 22, 2012
I'm 28

I'm not sure if I have narcolepsy but I'm getting related symptoms. It's affecting my daily life because often I can't wake up early.

When I use an alarm I feel really tired during the day because it wakes me up abruptly. But this week when I have no class, I tried not using an alarm but I still end up tired most days.

Once I woke up by myself at 7am and felt really good, awake and refreshed mentally but still physically a bit tired, then after an hour or two I fell asleep again for another 3-4 hrs.

Last night I slept from about 1am to 11am but now because I was feeling bad, I'm really sleepy again it's almost 4pm.

I get cataplexy (muscle weakness and pain in joints too) when I'm overwhelmed by feeling bad, like if something bad happened to me. That's also when I feel like sleeping, even when it's daytime or early afternoon
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by lalila, Apr 22, 2012
I notice my neck hurts too cos maybe I fell off my pillow
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by RockRose, Apr 22, 2012
Narcolepsy is when you fall asleep very suddenly,  with no control over it,  like a lightswitch being turned off.  Narcoleptics can be sitting up (or standing even) and then fall,  when their brains switch to sleep mode.

You sound very depressed, lalila,  reading through all your posts.

Exhaustion,  hopelessness,  forgetfulness,  sadness,  a willingness to put up with relationships that are using you,  etc.,  are all very classic symptoms of depression.
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by lalila, Apr 22, 2012
Yea I guess I don't have narcolepsy but I really feel tired and just wanna sleep. It's like fatigue but emotionally exhausted too. I'm depressed but I'm trying to be social and do stuff around ppl but in my personal life, I'm really exhausted
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by lalila, Apr 22, 2012
It's 6.40 pm and I managed to stay awake and do somethings but now I'm really tired again and just wanna sleep
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by Paderla Anitha, DNB Blank, Apr 30, 2012
Hello and hope you are doing well.

It could just be that you are tired and need more sleep. Just give yourself more time to sleep/rest. If the symptoms still do not resolve, then you have to get assessed for sleep disorders. Certain sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea can cause disturbed sleep and hence the need to sleep more. And others like narcolepsy can cause excessive sleepiness per say.
  
If it persists or is troublesome consult your doctor for assessment.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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by 1sherwood, Apr 30, 2012
I am by no means an expert, but only know about the symptoms of narcolepsy since I just had a sleep study a few days ago. The tech explained that a common misconception is that narcolepsy is just basically "falling asleep in your cereal bowl".  It is not however. The major symptom is EDS, excessive daytime sleepiness. Since it is a neurological disorder, your brain keeps telling your body it is tired regardless of how much sleep you get. Sleep paralysis upon waking or falling asleep is another along with vivid dream-like hallucinations, both because the brain enters REM sleep too quickly or upon waking your brain is still on REM. lastly, cateplexy, with extreme emotions or stress (muscle tone loss).  I would ask your doctor to have a sleep study and MLST. Multiple latency sleep test. It may be able to diagnose your sleep (if you have one) and those 2 tests  for narcolepsy as well.  Good luck