Why don't I WANT to sleep?

Patient

Q: Hi there;
I'm writing because I have a problem with WANTING to sleep. I have no trouble actually getting tired and falling asleep, but I always force myself to stay up as late as I can until the point where I am no longer in control. I have feelings of missing the world go on without me, feelings of avoidance and fear (I have nocturnal epilepsy and my seizures are frequent and EXTREMELY painful, and I just generally don't want to sleep! What is wrong with me? I'm feeling bogged down and they typical "just close your eyes and listen to music" response doesn't cut it because I don't WANT to sleep. I don't WANT to try. This is ruining my life and the lives of my parents, who stress over my health. I feel guilty and pathetic but I can't seem to change.

Doctor

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