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Falling asleep during day

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I am a 14 year old girl. I am 5'6 and I think I weigh in the 130s. I'm not sure. Anyway, I have a question about sleeping. I usually sleep 8 or 9 hours interrupted in the nighttime, and I feel very refreshed in the morning. But at around 9 (i get up at 5) I feel very tired and I'm compelled to just sleep. I'm usually in class by then so I end up sleeping in class. After I wake up i feel fine but 15 minutes later I feel tired again, so I go to sleep again. It seems that no matter how much I sleep (and I sleep ALOT) I feel tired. I've tried drinking more caffiene, pinching myself to stay awake. But it doesn't work. I was looking on a website about Hypersomnia but I don't think I have the symptoms. Is this just apart of growing up or something? I really need to know because I don't want to be a hibernating bear for the rest of my life. Thank you for your time.


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replied January 11th, 2010
Sleep Disorders Answer A9045
Hello.

It will be important to see how your sleep structure is. You have mentioned that your sleep is interrupted. Try to find out if you have sleep apnea. This can be done by doing the sleep study. With sleep apnea, your sleep is interrupted. As a result, you feel sleepy during the day.

Narcolepsy is another condition you may want to rule out. And check your thyroid hormones. Hypothyroidism may need attention.

Regards

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