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11th-Jan-2005 03:53 pm
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It appears that no matter how much sleep I get, I'm still tired. It has begun to worry me. My thirst has increased, but I think that's largely due to the fact that I'm getting used to 1L+ per day again, and miss it when its gone. The only things that spring to mind are SAD, Diabetes [which I strongly doubt — although I always crave sweets, I'm not strongly overweight (BMI=26ish), and I don't bruise easily, which IIRC, is a symptom], or depression. But I don't feel generally depressed either. I'm sure I'll figure it out, or it'll go away.
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11th-Jan-2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
You might have some sort of sleep disorder affecting the quality of the sleep you get. Do you have body aches? How regular is the sleep you're getting? It might just be a matter of getting a regular schedule.
11th-Jan-2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
I guess I haven't been very regular, but I've never been very regular. I'd be somewhat incredulous that it suddenly becomes a problem now.

No body aches.
11th-Jan-2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't mono be another possiblity? Or not enough activity? Or even getting too much sleep?
11th-Jan-2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
Mono's associated with flu-like symptoms, while I've been the picture of perfect health, outside of the sleepiness.

Not enough activity is perfectly possible.
11th-Jan-2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
Mono isn't strictly associated with flu-like symptoms. I know people who have gotten tested simply because they were so exhausted they could barely move, and they tested positive.


Try being a little more active. Work out about an hour before you go to bed or something. And try to eat healthier...lots of veggies and fruit.
11th-Jan-2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
Two words: Health Services (or the reasonable facsimilie at ton universite). At the least, it'll give you some piece of mind.
12th-Jan-2005 03:55 am (UTC)
Gee, that sounds pretty familiar... Well, if I slep through all my classes in a day I'd be pretty well energized, by which I mean too pissed at myself to fall back asleep again, much less get to sleep the next night. But let's face facts: Rochester is SAD hell, RIT is stress/depression city, and sure as hell not very conducive to regular sleep, and, well... I hate to say it, but none of us are getting any younger. And with the patterns of poor physical upkeep that occur in college (irregular sleep, oodles of stress, sometimes subpar nutrition, not to mention the aforementioned psychological stuff that can be either an additional cause or simply an exacerbating side effect of these things), the human body and spirit can get a bit tattered about the edges, and your resiliancy to some of these things will begin to decline over time - something I began to experience after about three years in school. Though in my case that probably had to do more with my sleep schedule being totally fucked and my penchant for excess in my consumptions...

I would seriously doubt diabetes as remotely possible in your case. More need for quality sleep, and/or a sleep disorder, though, is totally possible... sleep apnea, for example, can get pretty debillatating, or so I hear...
12th-Jan-2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'd guess that you're just a bit down, dude. It's winter, and you're in the worst fucking city in the Northeast. The normal "sleep more! It's winter!" cycle is likely enhanced by the constant gloom and terrible weather.

Get a physical, sure -- just don't leap to the conclusion that you've got diabetes or SAD. I'm not a doctor, but the basic questions to ask:

1. Are you sleeping on a regular schedule, getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night?

2. Are you urinating/defecating regularly? Anything unusual happening?

3. Are you eating a good mix of food on a regular (3x-5x/day) basis? Pizza doesn't count. :p

4. Are you exercising for at least 30 minutes, 3x a week?

5. Have there been any major changes in your life lately? Breakups, deaths, changes in routine, etc.

That's the checklist I'd run through with any of the people whom I care for, and it will help to make sure that you're covering the bases.
13th-Jan-2005 06:41 pm (UTC) - Semi randomness...
If you always crave sweets, then you can try not eating sweets for several weeks (you don't need it anyways!) and instaid substitute fruits. This gives you a much healthier diet while still eating when you want to eat something. Everybody I know who has ever done this (except my father and he was long gone in terms of diabetes) says that once they stop eating the crap, they don't want it anymore! And minimise you intake of high fructose corn syrup because that does almost nothing good for your body but increases the chance of developing diabetes. Also, eat protein! Eat it at least once a day. Yes, pasta is cheap, quick, and easy, but it cannot dominate your diet (unless, you know, you want to help diabetes along). If you are eating much pasta and little else, it can make you tired, a little down and make you crave food, even if you just ate and are otherwise full. Also, switching to a whole grain pasta when possible is good for you and your blood sugar.

Stress is always a factor you cannot overlook. It can cause so many physical symptoms, it's crazy.

The air is drier since it's winter and that contributes greatly to feelings of thirst.

A trip to the Health Center is not a bad idea anyhoo.
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