I know someone is going to tell me to talk to my doctor, but last time I mentioned poor sleep quality he assumed I was asking for sleeping pills and told me it was common in college. So I'd like to hear what you guys think, if it sounds like sleep apnea or something else.
Background: 20 yr old male, 3rd year of college, healthy weight (healthy all around aside from sleep issues and chronic bronchitis), allergic to dust mites and some pollens. My brother was recently diagnosed with narcolepsy, though.
Anyway my issue with sleep is that I need so much of it. I fall into really weird schedules because I just can't stay awake all day. If I wake up consistently at 8am for a week, I'll start passing out at 6,7,8pm and waking up between 11pm and 1 am. And if I stay up until 2/3am (like I do in college), it takes ALL of my willpower to wake up at 8am, and as soon as I'm not actively doing something I will fall asleep.
Back when I had a roommate he mentioned I snored really loudly sometimes. I also wake up with a really dry mouth and usually have a sudden onset of congestion/allergy symptoms shortly after I actually get out of bed. That makes me think sleep apnea.
I've tried melatonin, which worked like a charm the first day (fell asleep at 10pm, woke up at 7am more refreshed than I've ever felt), and then never worked again. I tried benadryl which also worked the first day and then never worked again.
I fall asleep in class all the time. I would fall asleep at work except I stand all day. I went to sleep at 3am yesterday, set an alarm for 830 which I slept through. I woke up at 11, actually got out of bed at 1, and now at 430 I just want to go back to sleep.
I don't want to be lazy. When I get to work I work harder than most, I'm just so drained all the time.