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Always Sleeping Disorders
Most of my personal experience is in the “Not sleeping well” section. But I do know of Disorders where the patient feels that they are “Always Sleeping”. Indeed, one of my personal friends was always falling asleep at work during the day. It turned out he had Narcolepsy! Perhaps that’s where we should start!
Types Of Always Sleeping Disorders
This is caused by an abnormality in the part of the brain that controls REM sleep. It means that a person with Narcolepsy can fall asleep at the most inappropriate moment, such as driving or at work. This could obviously be very dangerous indeed. To add to the problem, many Narcoleptics have no idea they have the disorder! And they could also have an extra disorder called Cataplexy, which can bring on fainting like episodes due to any emotional reaction such as a song or a joke.
Symptoms of Narcolepsy are:-
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Cataplexy (Triggered by strong emotion)
If you or anyone in your family notices any of these symptoms, you should contact your physician without delay due to the possible dangers of this disorder.
Treatment of Narcolepsy is difficult as there is no real cure for this disorder. But you physician will probably try you on Stimulants or antidepressants. They may also try to help you make lifestyle adjustments, regular exercise, quit smoking, lose weight etc.
2 Sleep Apnea
We have already discussed this quite dangerous disorder in our article sleep apnea
But losing sleep through Sleep Apnea can obviously affect your daytime ritual and make you feel that you have a daytime “Always Sleeping Disorder”. You may well feel so tired that you continually nap during the day which creates a vicious circle of not sleeping at night, napping in the day, etc etc.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Loud snoring
- Breath pausing then restarting
- Gasping for breath
- Fatigue during the day
- Memory Loss
- Lack of concentration
Treatment of Sleep Apnea
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) A machine that keeps your airway open using Pressurised air
Surgery (in rare cases)
3. Long Sleeper syndrome
Long sleepers require a great deal more sleep than the average Human Being, sometimes 12+ hours a night. Because of this they may use the daytime to catch up on their sleep. It may seem that they have an “Always Sleeping Disorder” but in truth, they may be merely catching up on their normal amount of sleep. The condition usually begins in childhood and is usually a life long pattern of needing more sleep.
4. RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome)
RLS is a disorder characterized by an unpleasant sensation in the legs and a strong urge to move them constantly. Because RLS is always worse at night, this causes the patient to lose sleep at night and then try to catch up in the day when they may be terribly tired. They may seem like they have an “Always Sleeping Disorder” but in truth, they have RLS
Symptoms of RLS include
- A strong urge to move legs continuously
- An unpleasant sensation in one or both legs
- Daytime fatigue
Treatment of RLS may include, regular exercise, reduction in caffeine or alcohol, medication for sever cases which may include anti seizure drugs.
5. Klein Levin Syndrome
This is a very rare disease where the patient may sleep for at least 12 hours a day and mostly days at a time. This happens at least once a year but in rare cases much more often. During their “episodes” they may have abnormal thinking and behaviour and be eating excessively. They could also have hypersexuality.
Symptoms of KLS include
- Flu like symptoms,
- Abnormal thinking & behaviour,
- Long periods of sleep
Treatment of KLS is difficult but usually antidepressants
See this rare case!