Okay. This will probably be long. I have had sleeping issues for years. When I go to bed, I have a real hard time falling asleep. I will usually see things like something in the window-shadows and get scared. Sometimes I wake up during night and see color blotches on a white wall in the dark. But once I am asleep I am fine. I can sleep for anywhere from 8 to 12 hours, no problem. The problem is is that when I go to get up, I can't wake up and get going, even after about 8 hours of sleep. I am so drowsy and feeling like I have been drugged that I can't get going. I can get up and go to the restroom and still stay in that drowsy state that all I can do is go back to bed. Usually when the alarm clock goes off, I am in a very vivid dream and/or nightmare. Most times when I should be waking up cause I have been asleep for 8 to 12 hours already, I am dreaming and can't waken out of the dreamy state. I have lots of nightmares. I can remember most of them vividly cause I keep having the same ones or similar ones. Now, if I get up without at least 8 hours of sleep, I am so sleepy I am non-functional. I can't think clearly. I can't drive. I can't work. I am completely worthless. Most days I sleep right through the alarm clock. I never even hear it. My son says he thinks sometimes I shut it off then just go right back to sleep. I have missed lots and lots of appointments cause I sleep right through them or don't have time to make it to them. Now, during the day I get very sleepy. I can drink some water, and I will get sleepy. A small cup of water on most days makes me ready to sleep. I am so drowsy I have to go to bed and go to sleep. Now some days I don't get sleepy at all. Most days water will at least make me sleepy. At some point if I stay awake for awhile, the sleepiness will finally go away. Now the earlier in the morning that I get up, even if I have had at least 8 hours of sleep, I will undoubtedly get so sleepy I have to take a nap and it is at least 2 hours or more. I sometimes have dreams during a nap-short or long. Now the later in the day I get up, the less likely I am to get sleepy and have to take a nap. Now when most folks are going to bed is when I start to finally wake up and feel alive like doing stuff. Sometimes even on those days I got up early and took a nap. I can still get up early in the morning and stay up until 4 to 6am the next day. I can never tell when I am going to get sleepy. I seem to have no problem with my driving and falling asleep. But I will not drive if I am in those sleepy states.
I have had several sleep studies and they told me I have sleep apnea-didn't say anything about narcolepsy. So I have had a CPAP for years now. I never thought I was narcoleptic cause I thought that meant you would be driving or reading or doing something real important, maybe even working and you just simply fall asleep. I have been homebound for quite a few years and most of the time not holding a steady job, so maybe it is hard to tell cause if I get real sleepy, I go to bed most of the time. But I like to fight it seeing how I am almost always sleepy. I hope I have remembered all the important points. Sorry this is so long, but I didn't want to miss anything important. Thank you so much for any help.