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Always sleepy..

Hi, I'm Lindsey. I'm 19 years old, a college student, and a full-time employee. I have recently noticed that I have been having some issues with extreme fatigue. I am extremely tired and sleepy no matter how much sleep I get. At first, I blamed my schedule and told myself that I am just pushing myself too hard and that I need to slow down. As a result, I decided to take a week off of work in hopes that I could 'catch up' on my sleep. Well, here I am the next week feeling just as drained as before the break. I have always been a deep sleeper but I just thought it was normal. Now as I look back, I can't even remember how many times I have been late to work because I overslept. My husband keeps telling me that I am being irresponsible, but I swear as hard as I try I cannot wake up when I need to. I set two alarms on my alarm clock, three on my phone, and one on my husbands phone, but somehow I turn them off in my sleep and never remember it. I even have my alarm clock on the other side of the room so that I have to get up to turn it off but I still don't remember it. I frequently fall asleep while driving for extended periods of time and I can't go and see a movie anymore because I sleep through half of it. The weird thing is that I always get at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep. I don't understand why I am so tired. Only a year ago when I first started college, I could pull all-nighters and feel fine, but now I am lucky if I make it until 12. If anyone has this problem or any insight into what could be causing it, please reply. Thanks.
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It could be anemia, thyroid issues, or just adrenal exhaustion from pushing yourself too hard and maybe not eating and sleeping right.  
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I doubt it is anemia as I have no other side effects, and I know it can't be thyroid issues because I had blood work done to check my thyroid for a different issue. My eating habits aren't the best but they aren't terrible either. The only thing lacking might be protein or iron because I don't eat red meat. The only thing I can think of that I have been doing differently is that I recently started taking an antidepressant, but I have never heard of extreme drowsiness being a side effect. I am worried because I literally slept 17 hours straight on Sunday for no apparent reason and I didn't feel refreshed at all when I finally woke up, just drained.
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My sister has been Clinically Depressed for 26 of her 64 years. She has had a job all the years depressed.  But while depressed she sleeps 12 hours each night and stays in bed Sat and Sun sleeping only being awaken when her daughter brings her food.  You may be seriously depressed.
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This sounds like sleep apnea, which is a condition in which the patient stops breathing while sleeping, thus wakes up (without the patient to notice it). This makes the person tired because of the lack of enough sleep.

I would urge you to talk to a sleep specialist, you'll have to go through some laboratory tests in order to find out what is exactly going on.

This is not minor thing, and it can affect your social, emotional and work life so please take action.

Good luck.
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Ah, and have some doctor to look at your septum. I do have a deviated septum and this "could" be worsening my apnea. Good luck again!
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I my view your condition of doziness or feeling sleepy all the time is due to restlessness. Give some rest to your body and make your self relax for some days and consult to you doctor . Your doctor advice you in the better manner.
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