You asked about sleeping more but you did include how much you sleep. If you are only sleeping 4 to 6 hours per night, for instance, it’s possible that this problem is related to sleep deprivation. Even if you are sleeping more, it still might not be enough for you. How much sleep one needs varies. The average person does not get enough sleep. Many people are constantly on the go.
There are a surprising number of side effects of sleep deprivation. These can include misperceptions in judgment and mood instability. It can also affect the ability to learn, focus, remember information, and can increase the possibility of accidents and injury. If you are not sleeping enough, it’s possible that you are misperceiving situations and judging them incorrectly.
You mentioned feeling tired at certain points of the day. People tend to feel particularly tired after they’ve had a meal. It’s very common for people to be quite sleepy after lunch leading to less productivity in the afternoon of their workday. There’s actually something called post-lunch fatigue. It’s natural for our bodies to want to shut down after a meal but unfortunately the workday doesn’t end at 2 o’clock, for most of us. These “brain fog” events could also be linked to your diet, specifically caffeine or sugar intake.
Relatedly, studies have shown that stress and emotional exhaustion are linked to hypersensitivity and hearing problems. Hearing may not be the problem per se but rather an inability to focus. If so, then an attention deficit disorder could be present.
Alternatively, there might be nothing wrong. It’s not unusual to want to be alone at times or to set limits regarding how much time you spend with others. This is especially common with introverts, a trait that you use to describe yourself. It’s both normal and healthy to want to be alone at certain times. The reason why you prefer to be alone is the key to understanding whether your desire to be alone is healthy or a sign of a deeper problem.
You were concerned enough about this problem to write to us at Psych Central. In that case it would be advantageous to consult a mental health professional in person who will gather all of the facts and determine if something is wrong. If so, there is likely an easy fix. Good luck. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle