Have You Been Super Sleepy?

Have you? I have. Today. It’s not even a Monday Blues thing. I was super sleepy that I wrote rubbish while marking. Yes, I fell asleep while marking. Check out the wormy handwriting y’all.

Have You Been Super Sleepy

Don’t ask. I don’t even know what I was writing. I dozed off. When I woke up (probably seconds later), I was writing that nonsense.

According to Wikipedia (we totally love Wiki, don’t we?), excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) “can be a symptom of a number of factors and disorders”:

  • Insufficient quality or quantity of night time sleep
  • Misalignments of the body’s circadian pacemaker with the environment (e.g. jet lag, shift work or other circadian rhythm sleep disorders)
  • An underlying sleep disorder, such as narcolepsy, sleep apnea, hypersomnia or restless legs syndrome
  • Disorders such as clinical depression or atypical depression
  • Tumors, head trauma, anemia, kidney failure, hypothyroidism or an injury to the central nervous system
  • Drug abuse
  • Genetic predisposition

Www.wedmd.com lists causes of sleepiness:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Sleep apnea
  • Insufficient fuel
  • Anemia
  • Depression
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Caffeine overload
  • Hidden UTI
  • Diabetes
  • Dehydration
  • Heart disease
  • Shift work
  • Food allergies
  • CFS and fibromyaldia

Mine is definitely the first ones in both lists. I seriously have a lot of things going on in my life. Not that I’m complaining, but at times, I forgot to sleep! I got lost of time often; and worst – I think sleeping is a waste of time.

According to Wikipedia, EDS is often the manifestation of a disorder, and not a sign of a willful lack of effort. Without firm and knowledgeable counseling on the part of the physician, family members, friends and colleagues can easily fail to accept EDS as an illness. EDS can affect the ability to function in family, social, occupational, or other settings. A proper diagnosis, and treatment, of the underlying cause can help mitigate such complications. It can be difficult to accept that EDS is beyond a person’s control; the unaffected may see sleepiness as an insult, a rejection, or as evidence for lack of interest. During occasional unique and/or stimulating circumstances, a person with EDS can sometimes remain animated, awake and alert, for brief or extended periods of time; this lends credence to an observer’s assertions that the alertness is simply a matter of self control and that EDS can be ‘willed away’.

Last night, I knew I was on the brink of exhaustion. As you can see from above, I dozed off while marking. It doesn’t get any better than that. So I decided to take a nap. For some weird reason, I can’t nap in peace. It was a long day. I came home around 6pm, just in time for a quick shower and dinner. Immediately after dinner, I dozed off while drinking tea. Yup, I was THAT exhausted.

Afraid of waking up at 3 or 4am, I forced myself to stay awake (until at least 9pm) so I switched my laptop on. This was a terrible thing to do. I was awake until 3am! My body has passed the exhaustion phase and was in the dangerous zone. I totally collapsed and couldn’t get up the next morning.

Lessons learnt:

  1. When your body is showing signs of exhaustion, do not ignore.
  2. When your mind and body is in the exhaustion mode, do not force yourself to do something. Rest.
  3. Have sufficient rest.

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