Drowsy all the time even after I sleep well. What’s wrong with me?
January 29, 2009 12:32 PM Subscribe
It’s been for months now that I feel persistently drowsy during the day.
It’s affecting my career in that I’m slower on the uptake and people don’t see me as very effective. Also I’ve gotten remarks on looking tired. As a result I’m not really very good at my work which is affecting my self esteem. So it’s really a problem I need to solve.
Unfortunately none of the obvious causes and solutions seem to apply. I’m stumped and have been for a long time. It would be awesome if you could suggest a cause or solution I haven’t considered yet. If needed I’ll take that suggested cause or solution to my GP.
It’s a form of drowsiness where I feel an urge to let my eyes scrunch up as they can do when you yawn. Sometimes I find a private moment to give in to that urge to see if that clears it up. My eyes will scrunch up forcefully, all the muscles around my eyes will contract as if I’m trying to protect them from a strong light. I can hear the buzzing of the contracting muscles in my ear. I’ll start to yawn until there are tears in my eyes.
I feel persistently like this during the whole day.
Things I’ve tried to solve this:
- go to bed early. Mostly I’m in bed around 10 – 11 pm and sleep continuously until 5 or 6 am. Frequently I wake early, around 4 am, and can’t get back to sleep.
- General sleep hygiene:
o Not drink coffee (or tea) in the evening. Not drink coffee during the weekend.
o Not drink any alcohol in the evening. (My general drinking habits are to have two bottles of beer (0.33 l) during an evening now and then)
o Have a really dark and quiet bedroom.
- Drink coffee at work. A lot.
- Go to my GP. She just gave me a brochure on general sleep hygiene.
- Discuss it with a therapist. He told me to go to my GP.
Possible causes that I’ve considered:
- sleep apnea. According to my GF I don’t snore very much. Also I’m not overweight. So that doesn’t seem to be the case.
- A side effect of something. I was using minoxidil against hair loss. I stopped using it for a week. But unfortunately that didn’t stop the drowsiness.
- Psychosomatic causes. I’ve been through an emotionally intensive and difficult period recently. And in the past I’ve had a time where a spell of yawning led to an emotional release. At this time there doesn’t seem to be a release like that in store for me that ends the persistent drowsiness.
General information: I’m 40 years old and my body mass index is about 21.
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