Hypersomnia

Hypersomnia, sleeping more than normal, in the daytime, and being constantly tired, may have many reasons, e.g.:

When my natural sleep time occurs in the daytime – which it will now and then when one has a longer-than 24-hour sleep phase – it is extremely difficult/impossible to stay awake at that time. I’ve always had a problem with falling asleep in school, at work, on trains & buses, in clubs & restaurants, at the dentist’s. I’ve fallen asleep in the middle of conversations, and can even walk and sleep if someone pulls me along by the arm.

Ing, site-author

Some airborne irritants, especially mould, make me narcoleptic within an hour. That kind of irresistible sleepiness I experience then is different from normal tiredness in that it is even more impossible to fight off than normal fatigue; as if having been drugged!

Ing, site-author

Slow awakening

Sleep studies have found that A-persons tend to wake up well after their period of deep sleep, when the levels of the sleep regulating hormone melatonin are already receding. They therefore often wake up fairly quickly and feel alert and on the go right away.

Whereas B-persons tend to wake when their sleep is at its deepest, so that it takes longer for them to wake up. Such a person should be awakened gently, preferably starting 30-60 minutes before they have to be out of bed. Some are helped by a dawn-simulating clock-radio.

“I cannot easily wake up. I can start to move and get on my feet, but that is not the same as being awake. To wake up, I have about 4 alarm clocks. I put them al on a different time and never on the same place. That way I need to think a little about where to find them. It mostly works that way. I also always ask my daughter to wake me up when she has showered.”

Lida, Aspie from the Netherlands

“The alarm clock CAN NOT wake me up in  the morning. It’s like, I push snooze, and my brain isn’t thinking of the purpose of the alarm clock. My body might respond to the noise only enough to push the snooze button, but I go right back to sleep and I actually dream for nine minutes, before it goes off again. On a good day, it will wake me up in a half hour. On a bad day, it takes an hour and a half to wake me up. I’m trying multiple alarm clocks at once, and that gets me up in half hour.”

Rachel, Aspie

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