I Used To Be A Guy Sleeping 16 Hours A Day!

Jun 01


If sleeping were to be a competition, I would have won all the trophies available in the past, as I loved my sleep and how I hated my sleep to be disturbed. I spent a large part of my life sleeping and the only thing I seemed to prefer more than sleeping was eating my favorite meals. My life thus revolved majorly around eating and sleeping most of the time. Things, however, started to change when I was encouraged to seek help.

When I Started to Notice

I started to notice that I fell asleep a lot at the age of 12. Before this time, I slept an average of 7 hours every day, going to bed at about 10pm and waking up at about 5am. I used my daytime period to do my daily activities while I rested at night. But just about the time I was 12 years old, I just suddenly noticed that I seemed to get tired a lot. Initially, I just thought that perhaps, I have stressed myself so much in the past few days.

I however, didn’t really like the idea of sleeping in the day time as I felt it was a waste of my valuable time. So I tried as much as possible to stay awake during the day. However, as the days goes by, all my efforts to stay awake during the day seemed futile. I end up sleeping for up to 16 hours almost every day. I started to have some strange behaviors that even I myself was surprised at. Some of them include:

Very quick entry into REM sleep

I started to notice that I dream a lot. In most cases, as soon as I go to sleep, be it in the daytime or in the night, I notice that I start to sleep. This was very different from my first self, where I hardly had any dream at all. In fact, there were periods, whereby for a stretch of 3 months, I might not have any dream. During this period, however, I always notice that the instant I fell asleep, I started to dream almost immediately.

Sometimes, the dream could be so intense that I wake up immediately. When I, however, wake up, I would find it very difficult to move any part of my body. In some cases, I do remember the dream vividly, while in other cases, I just have a vague memory of the dream. I really knew I needed help, but I did not know how to go about it.

Nighttime Wakefulness

I started to notice a funny change in my normal sleeping routine. As opposed to sleeping in the night and being awake in the day, I found myself sleeping all day, and then once it’s about 12 midnight, I am suddenly awake and I won’t be able to sleep. When it’s about 4am to 5am, I suddenly begin to feel sleepy again. This was a very difficult situation for me as I was almost useless during the day. Microsleep

I noticed myself always losing memories. In some cases, I could be doing something and I suddenly lose myself. Like a robot, I still manage to do some of the routine tasks correctly, but I don’t remember doing any of them. I could be quoted to have said some things, probably the right thing to say at that time, but I don’t remember saying them. In other cases, I start looking for an item the last place I remembered putting them, only to find them somewhere else. I, however, know that nobody else could have moved the item.

Loss of Muscle Control

I began to notice that I suddenly lost control of my muscle even though I was awake. This condition which I later got to know is referred to as cataplexy often happened to me anytime I was crying or laughing. It was so bad that in most cases, I just managed to get to the nearest chair and then collapsed. I started to try as much as possible to avoid these emotions and I was scared that I could go paralyzed if the condition continues.


This condition affected every area of my life. I suddenly fall asleep in class, only to be woken up by the teacher and embarrassed in the class. I because a laughing stock of the class as I was mocked and given every name related to sleep that can be conceived. Most times, the teacher asks me to stand up while he continues to teach. However, I seem to fall asleep even on my feet.

My grades in school became very bad, as I could not concentrate or learn in class. I can’t read, as I end up sleeping the moment I pick up a book to read. Even in the exam hall, I sometimes fall asleep, losing valuable time I could have used to write down the few things I could attempt. I had no friends as nobody wanted to associate with me. The few I had left me when I was always sleeping off on them.


When the situation continued to worsen, my parents took me to a professional clinic. While there, I was linked with a psychologist who was to help me overcome this condition. A routine was drawn up for me. As much as possible, I was to stay active during the day. Some diet and exercise were recommended for me. I was also given a sleeping pill to take every night by 9pm. This helped me to sleep between the hours of 9pm and 6am comfortably.

Upon waking up, I carry out my daily exercises and tried to do one or two chores. I also took an hour of a nap every afternoon. And with this, I started sleeping for about 10 hours every day. The rate I slept in class however reduced considerably and I was able to exercise and get one or two other tasks done in the evenings.

With time, I was able to start to sleep for just 8 hours every day. I normally sleep between the hours of 11pm to 6am and an hour nap between 2pm and 3pm. I also get to rest more on weekends. Overall, my level of daily activities has gone back to normal and I am able to live a normal life again.

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9 Tips to Minimize Moving House Costs

Clever ways to reduce the cost of moving house is to hire professional removalists.

May 24
Samantha Nishu

professional movers Moving house is a time of big expenses. There are going to be a lot of planned as well as unplanned expenses that add on to the stress of moving house. If you want to cut down on the expenses and not leave a big dent on your savings, then you should read on to find out clever ways to reduce the cost of moving house.

1. Plan Your Budget

Before you make your move, plan your budget. While it is impossible to determine exactly how much you will be spending on the move, you can always have a rough estimate. Knowing how much you will be spending and trying not to go too overboard that amount will help you keep your moving costs relatively low.

2. Collect Packing Material

Packing and moving the contents of an entire house will require a lot of packing materials. Instead of wasting money buying boxes that you will throw away after your move, try scrounging your local supermarkets for some spares. Most supermarkets will be happy to provide you with boxes. You can also ask friends and family for any spare boxes, bubble wrap and other packing items that they might have lying around. Another great tip is to order tape and cling wrap in bulk to cut down on costs.

3. Get Rid of Unwanted Things

Getting rid of unwanted things means you’ll have lesser stuff to move. That in turn means lesser moving expenses. So de-clutter your home, selling anything that you haven’t used in over a year. You can also give away things to charity.

Rope in your friends and family to help you pack the things that you do need. Figure out if it will be less expensive to simply buy new furniture rather than transporting your old ones to the new house. As much as you can, try not to put anything in storage as that is another added expense.

4. Ask Your Moving Company About How to Pack Things

If you’re not sure about how to pack your fragile items or other valuables, don’t hesitate to reach out to your moving company. Most movers will be more than happy to give you tips on how to pack your stuff. Doing this will ensure that you pack your things efficiently, thereby avoiding breakage or other damage during the move.

5. Cut Down On Your Regular Expenses

It’s a fact that moving house means dealing with a stack of bills. And there is no other way to make up for the expenses than to cut down on some of your other regular expenses. Make your own coffee instead of buying that overpriced coffee on your way to work every day; opt to eat at home instead of eating out. Try to find ways to cut down your expenses and save some money to make your move a little less punishing on your wallet.

6. Consider Moving During Winter

Here’s a great insider tip: if possible, move during winter. Summer is the most popular time for moves, which means that the moving companies are going to be in high demand. Winter is when things slow down and making your move during that time could help you save money on movers quotes. Also, the beginnings and ends of the months are when the movers will be in high demand. So if you could schedule your move during the middle of the month, that would work out in your favour as well.

7. Make Some DIY Home Repairs

No matter in how good a condition your new house is, chances are that there are some necessary home repairs to be done. From a leaking tap to a lights that need to be changed, you will find that you need to do some quick home repairs to make the place better. And why not do them yourself? Think about it. Instead of hiring a plumber for the leaking tap and an electrician for the lights, you could do it all yourself and save a lot of money in the process.

8. Find A Good Moving Company

This is a crucial point. Finding a good, reliable moving company is of paramount importance. It is not only about the rates that they offer but also about how professional and trustworthy they are. You need movers who will work fast and efficiently, handling your items with care. What you don’t want are movers who try to rip you off by stretching the time, taking way too long to load the truck, or movers who are careless with your things, resulting in breakage and such. So hunt around for a good moving company to ensure that you don’t end up spending money on hidden costs such as loss of valuables, excessive time for transportation and so on.

9. Hunt for a Better Deal with Your Utilities Providers

Moving house is a great time to consider changing your utilities providers. Look for providers that offer better packages. You can even call up and ask them about their rates, citing that you’re moving house and so are looking for a new provider. Most of them will give you attractive packages to sign you up as a new customer. So use this opportunity to save up on your utility bills.

These ten tips are practical ways to save some cash during a move. You can also think of some other innovative ways such as walking to the supermarket instead of taking your car (saving fuel), cancelling subscriptions that you don’t use (magazines, online subscriptions, etc.), and bribing friends and family to look after your kids and/or pets instead of hiring sitters.

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