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Hey, Look What I Found! [Oct. 23rd, 2007|06:58 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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On Sunday, a friend mentioned the term "hypersomnia" in connection with my description of my sleep problems. Nobody, in all the years I've been going to doctors and psych people, had ever said that term before.

So I looked it up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypersomnia
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/hypersomnia/hypersomnia.htm
http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic3129.htm

Well, shit. There ya go.

(Although it looks like mine is tied to my depression; but it could be idiomatic, since it's not changing while my depression is improving.)
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[User Picture]From: miss_chance
2007-10-23 03:01 pm (UTC)
Huh. Fascinating. The article says that it is sometimes treated with amphetamines, but that caffeine should be avoided. I wonder why amphetamines are better stimulants for this pupose than caffeine is? Anyway, that must feel really great to read that you're not alone in this.
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[User Picture]From: foomf
2007-10-23 06:47 pm (UTC)
As a narcoleptic with excessive daytime sleepiness, I can tell you two reasons.

First, caffeine messes with your sugar metabolism. Over time, excessive caffeine can exacerbate things and make it easier to become diabetic.

Second, caffeine has a tendency to disrupt sleep when you want it.
I.e. you end up making the night-time insomnia worse.


On the other hand, I ignore all this good advice and use the stuff anyway because I don't like the effects of ritalin and methamphetamines on a regular basis (and I could legally use either), because provigil (modafinil) doesn't work well enough for me alone, and because it works quickly, in a predictable way.

I should stop the stuff, though.
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