• 4 months ago

    I am tired all the time but I sleep for 12 hours a night?? Is this a sleep disorder or does it have to due with my medication?

    For the past 4/5 months I have been tired all the time even when I am sleeping anywhere from 8-12 hours a night. This effected my performance at school during the last 3 months or so of school. I would be going to bed anywhere from 6pm to 10pm and have to get up at 6am. I would not be able to get up at 6am for school. I couldn't drag myself out of bed I was so out of it. I would end up sleeping through my alarm and waking up at 10 am. This affected my performance in school. I would have problems at school trying to stay awake, even with caffeine. After school got out I would be sleeping a good 12 hours and still have to take anywhere from 2-3 hour naps during the day. I am fine for the first 3-4 hours I am awake then the tiredness hits me all at once. I don't know if this is a sleep disorder or has something to do with my medication. I take prozac, geodon and acticlate. I have a sleep study scheduled but its for after I go back to school. I was researching sleep disorders and my problem sounded like Idiopathic Hypersomnia but I am questioning that due to the fact I am on medication. I would like to get a professional opinion/tips on how to manage this in the mean time.

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  • 4 months ago

    RE: I am tired all the time but I sleep for 12 hours a night?? Is this a sleep disorder or does it have to due with my medication?

    Your best answer on this of course will come from both the sleep study and the docs who examine you, especially considering the variety of meds you are taking.

    In the meantime, you might consider just good sleep hygiene, such as getting daily exercise, keeping a consistent sleep-wake schedule, avoid caffeine later in the day, good stress management, and so forth.

    If you have any urgent needs prior to the sleep study, best to direct your questions to your doc.
  • 4 months ago

    RE: I am tired all the time but I sleep for 12 hours a night?? Is this a sleep disorder or does it have to due with my medication?

    I had this problem until I got my vitamin levels checked. I was very low on vitamin D. I started taking it and the problem got much better. It could also be low vitamin B12. It could be as simple as that.
  • 4 months ago

    RE: I am tired all the time but I sleep for 12 hours a night?? Is this a sleep disorder or does it have to due with my medication?

    2017ella,
    I'm sorry to hear that you are struggling through this. It's amazing how much a lack of quality sleep can affect daily living.
    It was surprising to read your post as it is exactly what I struggled with for YEARS except I wasn't taking any medication. In my situation, it was all caused by the things I was ingesting. After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease and modifying my diet, my sleep quality improved. I went from sleeping 10 or 11 hrs a night and needing 2 hr naps to needing 9-ish hours and a nap occasionally. Still bothered by excessive sleeping from time to time, I again looked to my diet and discovered that both coffee and caffeine were the culprit. I have never been a regular coffee drinker but I do enjoy a cup a few times a week. What I discovered was that on the days I drank anything with caffeine or any coffee/espresso even decaf, my sleep that night suffered and I was lethargic the next day or so. I tried decaf coffee, black tea, green tea, jasmine tea, Red Bull, Brain Tonic, etc. I tried drinking it before noon and then before 10am but all modifications still affected my sleep. After going cold turkey and not enjoying any of the above, I found that each night my sleep was becoming better and better. It took about a week before I started getting quality sleep. It was extremely difficult to give up (and I relapsed multiple times as I love the taste of coffee and tea), but I've finally decided that the price of unrestful sleep is too high a price to pay for the enjoyment I was receiving. My life is much happier, healthier and energetic than ever before. I still can't keep up with those people who get by on less than 8 or 9 hrs, but it's a significant improvement for me and has positively affected my life.
    It's a long story but I hope it helps! Good luck on your search for an answer.
  • 1 month ago

    RE: I am tired all the time but I sleep for 12 hours a night?? Is this a sleep disorder or does it have to due with my medication?

    I suffer from Primary Hypersomnia, and have for years. I don't think the Prozac would be causing your symptoms, but don't know what the other 2 things are. Just curious if you've had your sleep study yet, and if so, what was your diagnosis? It's an awful t ging that really messes with your everyday life. No matter how much sleep I get, I never feel rested or refreshed. The older I get, the worse it seems. No medicine has helped for an extended period of time.