Because y'all are awesome.
He would have found the cause in only 50 minutes.
They did say.
This cat knows what's up.
That looks extremely comfortable.
Morning nap on keyboard? Don't mind if I do.
Gonna learn these books through osmosis. Like a boss. Don't mind the drool.
To add to all of that, at night I would sleep for 8 hours... or 10... or 12... or 14... or 16... it was like I was never to get enough sleep, and if someone didn't wake me up, I would keep right on sleeping. I know my parents were worried when I would go to sleep around 11pm and wouldn't wake up until the following afternoon at 3pm, after 14 hours of sleep. At least the idiopathic hypersomnia explained what I did and why I did it.
Don't stick your feet out... there could be monsters!
"Those who suffer from hypersomnia have recurring episodes of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), which is different from feeling tired due to lack of or interrupted sleep at night. They are compelled to nap repeatedly during the day, often at inappropriate times such as at work, during a meal, or in conversation. These daytime naps usually provide no relief from symptoms.
Patients with hypersomnia often experience prolonged night sleep and have difficulty waking from long sleep, feeling disoriented upon doing so. This condition is known as sleep drunkenness. Other symptoms may include anxiety, increased irritation, decreased energy, restlessness, slow thinking, slow speech, loss of appetite, hallucinations, and memory difficulty. Some patients lose the ability to function in family, social, occupational or other settings. Typically, hypersomnia is first recognized in adolescence or young adulthood. These symptoms are present in both types of hypersomnia.
A sufferer of primary hypersomnia displays these symptoms continually for months or even years. Recurrent hypersomnia is characterized by recurring periods of symptoms many times throughout the year mixed with periods of normal sleep-wake cycles. Kleine-Levin syndrome is the most well-known form of recurrent hypersomnia, though it is very rare; sufferers often sleep up to eighteen hours a day and yet do not feel refreshed upon waking."
Haven't even started. Already exhausted.
Symptoms often develop slowly during adolescence or young adulthood. They include:
- Daytime naps that do not relieve drowsiness
- Difficulty waking from a long sleep -- may feel confused or disoriented
- Increased need for sleep during the day -- even while at work, or during a meal or conversation
- Increased sleep time -- up to 14 - 18 hours per day
- Feeling irritated
- Loss of appetite
- Low energy
- Slow thinking or speech
- Trouble remembering
Now I can tell you from personal experience that being excessively sleepy during the day is a complete nuisance; it's the same feeling after you eat a bunch of turkey on Thanksgiving except constantly. Thank God for my boyfriend now because if he sees that I sleep past 10 hours, he's by my side, singing me awake. Sometimes I'm so disoriented and so fatigued that he has to help me sit up out of bed. I thank the Lord every single day for having that man in my life; he is so good to me.
Hot espresso in bed? Not sure if brilliant idea or really dangerous one.
It was seriously exactly like this. Only a lot less graceful.
It's a legitimate reason, I swear, Farmer Brown.
That's about right.
And you thought the clock read 4:41am? Try PM.
Hypersomnia has also affected my memory quite severely. My mother would say that I had "the memory of an elephant, because I would never forget." Out of all the things that Hypersomnia has done to me, it's what it has done to my memory that I resent the most; my short term memory is crap now. I have to write myself reminders on sticky notes to even remember the simplest things. My long term memory is still intact, thank the Lord, but feeling like you've missed the better part of 5 years because you don't remember things is a hard pill to swallow. I decided to start keeping a journal, written by starting with, "Dear Stacey, Today..." so that I won't forget the things that happened to me, or if I do I can remember when I read my own words to myself.
This guy knows my strategy.
Morning vs Night.
Here's another consideration from Wiki: "People who are overweight may be more likely to suffer from hypersomnia. Although studies have shown a correlation between lack of sleep and weight gain, sleeping at the level of a hypersomniac can also lead to considerable weight gain. This is because excessive sleeping decreases metabolic energy consumption, making weight loss more difficult. Sleep disorders of this nature can also provoke or initiate weight gain, as sufferers may attempt to manage low energy levels by eating non-complex carbohydrates."
A fan of fans, I see. I approve.
I know that feeling, buddy.
Run as fast you can to the next street lamp. Light equals safe.
And lawn mowers that wake me up need to die.
- Have a different alarm for every single day so that your brain doesn't get used to it and tune it out.
- Try to get 9 to 10 hours of sleep a night; to most people it sounds ludicrous, but for someone with Hypersomnia, it's a pretty good number to "feel" like you've gotten enough sleep but not so much that you wake up "drunk" or more tired than you were when you went to sleep.
- Coffee or tea are your friends if you have to be one of those morning schedule persons, but never drink any after 8pm at night. Or if you do, choose caffeine-free beverages.
- If you feel sleepy in the middle of the day, excuse yourself and go to the restroom. Try doing about 20 to 30 jumping jacks, which should raise your heart rate, your metabolic rate, and increase blood flow to your brain for a more alert feeling.
Talent to levitate? She has it.
Not even the sun can interrupt her nap time.
I wish you the best of luck. Never give up.
Until Next Time,