Mental Illness..Sleep too much..etc.?

Emily Asked: Mental Illness..Sleep too much..etc.?

I have depression and bipolar disorder, with some anxiety disorder. (its so frustrating.)
The question I have to ask though is.. is there ever any sleep disorders or symptoms to any of these? Because for a while now, I've been constantly tired, even when I sleep for 12-15 hours at a time! I've tried taking naps, I've tried energy drinks, coffee, all kinds of things but nothing helps. I just sleep too much and I'm always tired. I have college classes on Mondays and Fridays, and sometimes I'll set 6+ alarms and they do not wake me up at all! I've missed several classes because of this. It's really getting frustrating and annoying!! I've done research on narcolepsy, but I know I don't have that just because I don't have sleep attacks. I just have the sleepiness and oversleeping.
I've tried tons of alarm clocks, and just tried everything to get rid of the constant tired feeling I have.
Does anyone know of any disorders or illnesses that could cause this? I don't overwork myself, so I don't really have a reason to be as tired as I always am.

ALSO, another mental illness and motivational question… I have 4 college classes. I just cannot seem to make myself do the work required. I was like this in high school too. I know I should do it, I even plan to do it. I just can never seem to get it done. I have A.D.D if that has anything to do with it.

The reasons behind these questions are because my college (Art Institute of Indianapolis) has it set up so if you have a mental or physical illness (like my depression, bipolar, or A.D.D.) they can give you more time to do things, silence for tests, basically anything that can help you to do your best.
I just want to be able to get my work done. And to not be tired 24/7 ( I do sleep at night. I get normal sleep, I sometimes even sleep in till 3 pm and I can't even really help it because I just don't wake up till then. It's frustrating!)
I'm sorry for the long question. This is just really getting old, and I want to figure it out.
Thanks so much for any advice you can give.

~Emily

Answers:

Lynn Henty Answered:
sleep apnea is often overlooked there are 2 versions, 1 has heavy snoring, with the other you just stop breathing for 2 or 3 minutes often
so tape record or videotape yourself at sleep
enlarged tonsils can cause apnea
exhaustion is common, worst on waking after sleep
with the snoring version there may be no gaps without breathing as tha apnea or blockage can happen on every breath



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