I'm 22 years old and I have not been able to stop sleeping! I will sleep for 16 hours a day, only time I wake up is to go to class or work (I am a gymnastics coach), I used to be very active but now I am so tired I can't even get up to run. Sleeping so much is interfering with my classes because I miss them half the time because I'm sleeping. I used to be a straight a student but this semester I've been pulling Bs and Cs and failed my first test in three years. I've been on adderall since I was 15, I got off of it this summer though when I went to coach gymnastics at a camp in another state. I had a set schedule of sleeping and waking up and it was unbearable. I would go to sleep around 12:30 wake up at 7:30 and be exhausted all day. My doctor thought I was depressed so she put me on Wellbutrin xl 300 mg. I've been taking it for 6 weeks and have not felt a difference. I got back on adderall this time just 15 mg, and it is now not helping at all. I sleep when I take adderall. It hasn't helped me focus too much I go to class and can't pay attention, and I have memory problems. I can't socialize because I am too tired to care and focus on conversations. When I am conversing with someone I just have a set amount of phrases I always say. When I sleep I sleep hard, do not dream and cannot wake up to anything. Even the annoying scary alarms on iPhones. It doesn't matter if I sleep 4 hours or 20 I'm still tired. I sleep all weekends Friday-Sunday waking up maybe five or six times to eat and use the bathroom. I've tried going off all meds and it's just as bad. I had blood tests in January of this year and last because I was complaining of being tired then and everything came out fine for the most part. But my sleepiness has never been so bad that it interfere with my running or school because adderall used to help me stay up through the day. I became a vegetarian about a year ago and I know all about nutrition and eating healthy because I figured that had to do with it somehow. It's really messing up my life and I have no idea what to do!!
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replied September 25th, 2013
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Do you remember which blood test were done? Also, do you know if your snore when you sleep?
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replied September 25th, 2013
I do not snore when I sleep I don't even move, I know the fsh was done all my WBC count I want to say thyroid hormones. Iron and a few other ions I want to say.
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replied September 25th, 2013
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Thyroid and sleep apnea are usually the more common causes of these kinds of issue. Sleep apnea seems unlikely as usually these individuals have a deadly snore like you can hear them from a different part of the house. However, the only real thing I can think of is talking to your doctor to see a neurologist and or a sleep disorder specialist in order to ensure there is no neurological basis for this such as nacrolepsy or DSPS. This could inadvertently confirm depression as well. Other then that I could say a sleep study just in case it is apnea, but once again you would have to talk to your doctor.

Lastly, do you think you are actually suffering from depression? Like did you reveal to your doctor that you were depressed or anything?
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replied September 26th, 2013
I did start seeing a therapist back in march because I do get waves of depression, but honestly I think it has to do with me sleeping so much that I am not able to socialize Or exercise and my grades are suffering which is causing me to be upset. My therapist thought I needed to start taking them.
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replied September 26th, 2013
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I see, I was just making sure. Regardless I would still go back to your doctor and explain that you want to explore other possibilities such as a neurological and or a sleep disorder just in case the medication is just blanketing the cause. Hopefully, your doctor will get you a proper referral. However, that being said hypersomnia can occur in individuals with depression so I wouldn't rule it out as a possibility. But, I think it should be if nothing else diagnosis.

Talk to your doctor and best of luck.
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