Mrmblmbembmmm. Sufferers of
I've been struggling with my sleep health lately, but I'm working on it. Long story short, I'm constantly exhausted, fall asleep at work, and have been forgoing basic life functions in exchange for glorious sleep. I thought it was because of antidepressants, got various tests with no result and went to a sleep doctor who thinks I may have narcolepsy. The descriptions I've read of EDS
and the EDS part of narcolepsy symptoms very much reflect how I feel every friggin' day. I have a sleep lab test in a month (BUT I WANT IT NOOOWW). A month or two ago my psychiatrist prescribed me ritalin when I complained of exhaustion and desk-sleeping, so that's been getting me through my workdays. At sleep-doctor's suggestion (when I complained of "I just go home after work and pass out!") I've been taking a half dose two times a day, rather than taking the full dose in the morning and being 110% alive at work. I'm trying to supplement with coffee but I'm new at this (and the office coffee sucks).
Anyway, I could really use some advice on how to get through this until my appointments. It's going to be another month until the lab, and a month after that until I have results and some sort of treatment. I'm trying to use my ritalin sparingly due to its controlled nature. Even with that, getting up in the morning, showering, eating, and basically doing anything other than sleeping, watching netflix, or mindlessly reading the internet is a challenge.
I can't get myself to read books on the train anymore without falling asleep, so I'm turning to mindless iphone games. I've been playing a lot of Coin Dozer, a coin pusher
iphone app that's the most brainless (yet pleasing) game I've ever played. I would love recommendations for games that require similar limited skill and mental capacity.
Before that, though, my biggest challenge is getting out of bed and doing morning stuff before the wake-up pills kick in. I was hoping I could get some advice on that. How to not hit the snooze button when I wake up feeling exhausted, but more sleep isn't refreshing. How to not be late for work because I'm so slow moving and brain-foggy. General tips for enduring daily life with this feeling would be great. If I didn't live with my boyfriend, I'd probably get one of those super loud alarm clocks that runs away from you. I thought about treating myself to some kind of fancy coffee machine, but I can't imagine adding anything else to my morning routine. Sorry this is such a foggy post, today is particularly bad. Any help would be very much appreciated.