I crash later in the day, and need this to stop.
December 23, 2013 8:19 AM Subscribe
I wake up at 7 am, and am very sleepy by around 6pm. This occurs whether I work or have the day off, and is screwing with my hygiene and social life. I would appreciate advice on what could be the problem, or in the case that there is nothing fixable, raise my energy levels naturally.
posted by Thanquol180 to Health & Fitness (30 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
My 6 pm I start winding down. I start dinner early, since I know that I won't be up to make anything after 7:30 or so. By 10 pm I am so tired that if I have not already brushed my teeth and gotten ready for bed, there is a good chance that I will simply neglect to do so and plop down to sleep. I know how important brushing is, but I crash so hard that I seemingly cannot will myself to do it.
This is also taking its toll on my social life. Making spontaneous plans to leave the house in the evening do not happen very much anymore. I get invited to go somewhere anytime in the evening, I usually decline as I am just not feeling up to it. If I had evening plans that I made earlier, I force myself to go. I can usually enjoy myself but in the back of my mind is a voice screaming 'go to sleep already!' I sometimes get invited to bars/clubs by one of my buddies, and I am always the first to leave (around 11, 12 or so) while they are out partying until 2 or 3 am.
I'm not sure why this is going on. I mean, I'm still pretty young. I'm not exercising as much as I should, but am trying to eat right. I'm taking a low dose of Vyvanse (30mg) for ADD, and besides that am taking a multivitamin, fish oil, allergy medication (zyrtec) and calcium and magnesium supplements.
I guess I have a few ideas, but have no clue how to pinpoint what could be making me so tired. I used to be on antidepressants (lexapro, zoloft and wellbutrin), and wonder whether or not they permanently screwed with my energy levels. I also wonder if the Vyvanse could have anything to do with it. I checked my thyroid, which is fine. I am also thinking of getting a sleep study done, since I often wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom even though I am careful not to drink fluids after 8:30 pm.
Does anyone have any other ideas what I could attempt to try and pinpoint a reason for my torpor? Or maybe suggestions to raise energy levels naturally? Could I possibly just need more sleep than other people?