Skip to comments.Causes of oversleeping?
Posted on 07/20/2007 2:09:28 PM PDT by tlj18
I have a question for you all. I'm kind of curious. I have a tendancy to sleep for very long periods of time when I don't set my alarm or sleep through my alarm. I will almost always sleep for around 12 hours without an alarm. I can get up no problem without the alarm. Normal people might sleep for 8 hours. Two nights ago I slept for about 15 hours, although I was up for 34 hours before that (that has made this whole week hard to keep track of what happened in what day :-) ). Yesterday I was up for 15 hours, then slept for 11 hours. Yeah, 34 hours is a lot, but still that amount of sleep is typical, unfortunately. I have enormous resistance to seek medical help, considering my occupation (Soldier) and my aspirations (U.S. Army Special Forces). I suppose it could be stress-related. I'm somewhat vulnerable to stress, but I will get the mission accomplished, no matter the stress level or other intervening stuff.
See Post 50 for my experience: it wasn’t anything like Walkingfeather, but it wasn’t a day at the beach. Plan to take AT LEAST one week off, two if you can get it (I needed the extra week.) My results were so spectacular though I would go through it again in a heartbeat. If you have very bad apnea, you’re a total zombie. It’s no way to live.
Yeah didnt have those kind of symptoms but the doctor said mine was the worst case he had ever seen and wanted to just to a Trach right away. I said forget about that. Still would do the surgery.
That’s good to know. The doctor looked down my throat at my first appointment and told me he didn’t see anything but flesh. He said that a normal throat would have a dark tunnel going down the esophagus.
It’s a good thing my company gives us a PTO day every month. I have 30 racked up so far so I won’t have to use vacation.
OMG! I could not imagine the pain. Although it does sounds like a good interrogation technique for WOT.
Judging by the fact your Doc saw flesh, it’s possible that you may succeed with the surgery! But don’t forget that the test results may show the brain function is the KEY....therefore the operation would be moot!
Billy Idol rocks!
Also, note that the laser surgery is less traumatic, but is usually not covered by insurance.
Possible, but I highly doubt it. I also sleep very well when I sleep. I rarely wake up while sleeping.
I think it started around 14, 15 years old - I started sleeping more. And it’s continued. I think it is how my body is wired. Would be nice if there was some way to “re-wire” my brain, though.
Two nights ago I slept for about 15 hours, although I was up for 34 hours before
Yesterday I was up for 15 hours, then slept for 11 hours
Those are normal stats to me
Not really. I have to be quite tired to fall asleep quickly. But in Basic Training, I always fell asleep VERY quickly. As in a matter of seconds :-) But let's just say that my MOS is more intellectual than physically oriented, which certainly has its downsides.
Yeah, that’s what I do. I don’t set the alarm on Friday nights (my time to sleep). And I usually wake up around noon or later. During the week I would usually sleep around 5-6 hours. Maybe my body is just trying to get more sleep, to get rested. Sleep deprivation does build up. But it is an amazing experience.
Actually, I just woke up :-)
I would suggest that you are missing out on *quality* sleep, which your body tries to make up for with quantity.
Here are some ideas that might help:
1) Try sleeping with Breathe Right nasal strips on your nose for a week. You might need more oxygen while sleeping to get to a deeper level of sleep. They may also reduce snoring.
2) Get some “32” or better rated foam earplugs. Extraneous noises might be interfering with your rest.
3) Have a glass of warm milk before bed. Warmed milk has chemicals in it that promote restful sleep.
4) If you regularly snore, you may have sleep Apnea. This can be a dangerous condition and should be treated.
5) Body position while sleeping may matter to you. Become aware of how you sleep, and how restless you are when you sleep.
6) Try varying the temperature of the room you are sleeping in. Warmer or colder may give you better rest.
7) There is an over-the-counter sleep aid called Doxylamine Succinate (25mg) which is the same pill in brand name and generic. It is just the part of antihistamine that makes you drowsy. For some people it can give them a very deep sleep, and they wake up much more rested. Though for the first few uses, you may remain drowsy when you wake up in the morning. It is available in drug and grocery stores.
No, I have healthy blood pressure.
I naturally sleep 12 hours a night if not awakened by an alarm.
Talk to your GP about getting a sleep study done. The symptoms you describe could be cause by a variety of things. In my case it was a form of parasomnia. As I’d start to drift off, my foot would begin to shake, waking me up. But I wouldn’t feel (/remember) the movement or even that I had fallen asleep. Instead, it felt like I’d just been lying there, waiting (which is why my GP originally diagnosed it simply as insomnia). Periodically throughout the night I’d wake myself up like this. But I wouldn’t remember it. All the interruptions were keeping me from getting rested, which is why I was sleeping so long (10 or 12 hours, easy). Anyway, none of this was evident until I had the study done.
Somehow I think you are quite correct... :-)
I can just see it now... doing the land navigation course in SF training... take a nap but wake up 15 hours later...
You are a NO-GO, Soldier!
Your REM pattern is messed up. Think back to the last time you had a real dream. There is something that is keeping you “en guard”. I still go through this most nights, but it is getting better. Good Luck!
That's 7.5 hours per night. Not a problem.
Amazingly, I didn’t really feel tired for most of my 34 hours of being awake. However, after about 32 hours, it started to get hard to function. It was a really great experience. But it’s normal for me to sleep than long without an alarm, even if I was only awake for 18 or 19 hours that day. Sleep isn’t bad for you, but it kind of hurts your waking world life.
Just not for half the day, though.
I had real dreams the last two nights. I even dream in color, which is apparently unusual. It was kind of a bad dream, which my Navy instructor during this past winter in Pensacola telling me how embarrassed she was of me. She was my instructor for four months (October 2006 to February 2007), and it took me several hours to recall her name!
I was doing some research, and I read that the body produces melatonin (the chemical that induces sleep) for about 12 hours after you fall asleep. So, based on that fact, sleeping for 12 hours appears like it is quite natural!
Ah...the reason I asked is because I had low BP when I was younger (it’s still lower than average but more healthy/normal as I get older), couldn’t give blood during blood drives, and was always sluggish waking up in the AM.
Your reply is interesting. I remember my son and brothers and cousins and uncles saying the same thing about good soldiers being able to sleep anywhere. But they never said anything about “long sleepers” in the military. Unless on furlough, of course. Otherwise, that bugler crows pretty early.
Sometimes I think we don’t give ourselves “permission” to sleep until we’re ready to get up. Except maybe when we’re on vacation.
I think we all ought to pamper ourselves a bit more. It’s good for the soul.
Well, though, I must admit that I am more of a night person than a morning person. In the morning, I may have faster reaction times, but in the evening, I can think much clearer.
Do you work in the Power trades?
True, although external cues (daylight, temperature changes, birds making noise, etc.) are a natural part of our sleep/wake cycle system, so I don’t know that the results one gets when they’re removed provide any reliable information about what amount of sleep is “natural”. And of course, at the turn of the century, the vast majority of people were still spending most of their day engaged in fairly vigorous manual labor of one sort of another, and quite possible needed more sleep than if they’d been leading a less physically demanding life.
One thing that is certainly natural is to sleep more in the winter (i.e. when nights are longer), and less in the summer. That is a factor that’s been pretty much wiped out by the combination of convenient electric lighting everywhere, and work and school schedules which are fixed year-round.
Scared the crap out of my wife who had never seen me curl up into a fetal position because of pain...
If you work your a@@ off for about ten hours a day this problem will subside.
OOps. Big mistake. Saw that you are a soldier. Withdraw my comment. Hope you find relief.
Make sure you sleep uncomfortably. Like where your ribs hurt and your knees jam up and your arm falls asleep . I used to be able to get up early before I fell into this despicable bliss.
I recently got a new pillow top mattress, firm underneath and some high count cotton sheets (1000 count from Sam’s club) FABULOUS sleeping now.
I always dream in color (peas in a pod, no?). Flight dreams are the best. Although I do really enjoy underwater dreams. Remember you are in control in your dreams. When you forget that they become nightmares. You might find at times that you are partially awake when you start to take control. Just relax, take control and enjoy the show. Please fell free to laugh at my analogy, but I liken it to the Matrix. You are the One.
Don't mention it. I would have responded sooner, but I just woke up.
Although, I had a generally intellectual AIT, so you got sleepier a lot more. Some people would take caffeine pills and the like. I strongly resisted energy drinks until the very end (Full Throttle was my specialty). But I quit it on the very last day of school, and won't touch it again unless I have to (I mean, really have to). If you sit down in front of a computer dispassionately for many, many hours, the sleep monster will get you. Guaranteed. Especially when concentrating on what you're doing is counterproductive (i.e., copying Morse Code)...