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Excessive Sleep, Concentration Lapse, Heaviness In Eyes And Head, Neck And Back Pain. Cause?

Hi, I am Anjuja Y. - 29 yrs (Indian, married and no kids yet), and i am working for a MNC of Australia. My daily activities include preparing food and household work in the morning and at nights, then start office work at 11 am and back by 9.30 pm - though the work area is not so far (hardly 10 mins by car). I always feel sleepy rest of the day while i am working. i cannot concentrate in my work. I feel my eyes and head are really heavy and cannot resist having a nap. Even though i have a small nap i m not fresh. Because of headache and eyes i experience a neck and back pain also (not though severe) but distracts me all the time. Also, i have noticed i have lots of dreams at night and it continues until my husband wakes me up from sleep. I sleep at 11.30-12 at night and get up by 8-8.30 in morning. Do i have eyes, head, back, neck problem? I m confused wht should i have better? i even changed the bed to a very high quality, bed position facing towards east, washing eyes with cold water atleast 2-3 times a day, keeping windows open to have fresh air in.. but NOTHING works at alll... Also i dont seem to have any bigger tension - day to-day work/home problems - i can handle it...PLEASE HELP...
Mon, 8 Jul 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hi Anjuja,

You report symptoms of increased sleep and drowsiness during the day despite sleep for around 8 hours every night but with dreams that disturb you. And sleepiness that is severe enough to cause disturbances in your work. The most common cause of hypersomnia is inadequate quality sleep. This can be seen due to many reasons like poor sleeping habits- using the bed as a couch to watch tv, having tea/coffee/smokes/alcohol before bed time, going hungry to bed etc.

The other reasons are hypersomnia associated with mental illness (commonly depression), hypersomnia associated with neurological conditions/infections/metabolic or endocrine disorders, narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia etc.

Consult a psychiatrist for relief from your symptoms.
Hope this helps,
Dr A Rao
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Psychiatrist Dr. Sushil Kumar Sompur's  Response
Hi there ~

I understand your concerns. I believe that from the symptoms you describe you most likely have depression. I believe your sleep problems are not primary but related to your depression and therefore may be called secondary insomnia. Please consult a psychiatrist who can help treat your condition and thereby relieve your problems. I hope you do so as soon as possible.

I hope this helps. Take good care of yourself and have a lovely day!
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Excessive Sleep, Concentration Lapse, Heaviness In Eyes And Head, Neck And Back Pain. Cause?

Hi Anjuja, You report symptoms of increased sleep and drowsiness during the day despite sleep for around 8 hours every night but with dreams that disturb you. And sleepiness that is severe enough to cause disturbances in your work. The most common cause of hypersomnia is inadequate quality sleep. This can be seen due to many reasons like poor sleeping habits- using the bed as a couch to watch tv, having tea/coffee/smokes/alcohol before bed time, going hungry to bed etc. The other reasons are hypersomnia associated with mental illness (commonly depression), hypersomnia associated with neurological conditions/infections/metabolic or endocrine disorders, narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia etc. Consult a psychiatrist for relief from your symptoms. Hope this helps, Dr A Rao