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    sleeper

    What do you call a person who sleeps too much?


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    Re: sleeper

    Technically = narcoleptic.

    Colloquially = enervated/sleepyhead

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    Re: sleeper

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Technically = narcoleptic.

    Colloquially = enervated/sleepyhead
    Is enervated the same as the sleepyhead?
    Dictionary.com says it means that one is simply lacking strength.
    Someone who is drained of energy perhaps.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Technically = narcoleptic.

    Colloquially = enervated/sleepyhead
    Suffering from narcolepsy myself, I take exception to your definition of the word.

    A narcoleptic is a person who suffers from the uncontrolable desire for sleep. But we don't sleep for long periods of time. In fact most of us suffer from insomnia, truth be known.


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    I believe "slugabed" is a very old term. I've never actually heard someone say it.

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    Re: sleeper

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    Suffering from narcolepsy myself, I take exception to your definition of the word.

    A narcoleptic is a person who suffers from the uncontrolable desire for sleep. But we don't sleep for long periods of time. In fact most of us suffer from insomnia, truth be known.
    I've seen a movie with "Mr.Bean", oh the Ratrace, as far I know.

    When he was about to get the prize he slept standing on his feet. Is that narcolepsy or an exaggeration of the word?

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    Re: sleeper

    Colloquially: drowsy head, dormouse

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    Re: sleeper

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    I've seen a movie with "Mr.Bean", oh the Ratrace, as far I know.

    When he was about to get the prize he slept standing on his feet. Is that narcolepsy or an exaggeration of the word?
    I cannot say as I did not see the movie. I am lucky as I am only borderline narcoleptic. I sleep about 4-5 hours of interrupted sleep at night but if I am passive I can fall asleep anywhere in 5 minutes. I also have a confirming symptom called cataplexy which is a neural disorder where you can lose muscle control when under an emotional situation...you can literally fall down laughing. Most narcoleptics have this condition.

    We don't sleep too much. In fact we are sleep deprived in most cases. It is just that we often have an overpowering desire for sleep that can occur at awkward moments. We are good power nappers though. We only need 15-20 minutes of sleep to feel refreshed.

    If there were no medical reason for someone who fell asleep a lot and who needed lots of sleep, you might use the slang term lazybones


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    Yes, I believe in Rat Race, the "Mr. Bean" actor is supposed to be a narcoleptic. Not sure they were medically accurate though :)

    "It ees a race! I am weening!" Love that movie, and especially that character.

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