Please help guide me. I get the recommended amount of sleep at night, but invariably, during the day I get "sleep attacks," and all but HAVE to sleep. I suffer from depression, but that is being successfully treated with Cymbalta. I thought my sleep problems were directly associated with the depression, but they did not clear up when the depression did. That being said, I can't, in all honesty, say exactly when the sleep problems began.
Basically, I'll suddenly become exhausted after about four hours of being up, regardless what activity I was doing. I can fight it for about two hours, but my motor skills and thought processes get worse as time goes on, finally resulting in my reeling about like a person intoxicated. My words become slurred, and I've passed out on several occasions because I tried to fight the sleep for too long.
Please, help me out here. I only have very, very basic health insurance, and these symptoms are starting to rule my life! I'm only 23, and I sometimes feel I'm barely surviving. :-(