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Will a healthy body sleep too much if you let it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 08, 2013 at 12:23 AM

This week I'm on spring break and I've become extremely lazy & apathetic, I'll even use the word depressed. Every night I've been going to sleep around 1AM and waking up usually around or past 11AM. I didn't wake up till noon today!...so I've been getting in excess of 10 hours of sleep every night..sometimes even closer to 11

I'm definitely in a huge slump. Could it be because I'm sleeping too much?

I put a blanket over my window so it stays very dark in my room long after sunrise.

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on March 08, 2013
at 02:33 PM

thanks!...got u at 9 today haha feeling pretty good so far. the sun is finally out so that helps too.

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on March 08, 2013
at 05:08 AM

Kick off, not of. If you're prone to clinical depression morning light is important.

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on March 08, 2013
at 05:07 AM

If I block out normal daylight I will sleep too long and it WILL kick of a cycle of depression.

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on March 08, 2013
at 03:53 AM

It seems to have greatly reduced my sleep requirement. I can almost never sleep longer than 8 hours but I'm completely alert from waking until the lights go out. Didn't used to be like that at all. I consider it to be an improvement.

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on March 08, 2013
at 12:52 AM

@Travis, why did mag affect your sleep?

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on March 08, 2013
at 12:27 AM

it's not awesome..it's terrible haha. I do get some homework done but only like 4hrs a day

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on March 08, 2013
at 12:26 AM

Sounds awesome LOL. I say do it as much as possible. I feel like my ability to sleep for that long vanished when I started taking magnesium though.

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on March 08, 2013
at 12:40 AM

I used to sleep like that when I was a college student. I can't sleep like that at all now that I'm in my 40s.

I would suggest getting some exercise if possible. That's supposed to be good for resetting circadian rhythms.

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on March 08, 2013
at 01:01 AM

you need to be going to sleep earlier. your body needs those hours from 9pm on to repair and recover different organ systems in the body. its been documented that those early hours, after 9 am, are as restorative as 2 hours after 12, so its best to go to sleep early and wake up early. take advantage of daylight savings time and try to reset your clock

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on March 08, 2013
at 04:35 AM

This happens to me sometimes if I start going to bed too late, and it sucks to become increasingly off from the normal day. I've never used the word depressed to describe that feeling of laziness and apathy before, but it is kind of like that! Anyway, I don't think you really should worry, because you don't do it all the time and spring break will end soon. But if you want to feel more alive for your remaining break...

Like others have said, you need some circadian rhythm therapy. In the evening, turn out or turn down the lights. Take magnesium, if you have it. Use candles and other firelight if you can.

Do some exercise first thing in the morning (even if it's noon, but actual morning is better). In the sun is better. Even just a walk will do. Definitely don't exercise after dark.

I assume you use the blanket on your window to make sure your room is completely dark. Usually this is good, but I find if I get off from the normal day that it's more important to allow the morning light in. That gets me up and going at the right time. And if I went to bed too late, that will mean I got too little sleep and then I'll be tired at the right time the next night.

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on March 08, 2013
at 04:34 AM

that's how i sleep too. i know i should go to bed earlier but i don't work so it's not like i have anywhere to go in the morning. enjoy it while it lasts.

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on March 08, 2013
at 03:38 AM

As long as you don't sleep like this on a usual basis, I think you shouldn't be too concerned. That being said, if this is your normal sleep habit, it's a cause for concern because too much sleep has been linked to a whole host of problems. It really is recommended that you get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night while some might need more and some might need less (but it's rare)...

I recommend you try getting to bed before midnight. I have read that getting to sleep prior to one AM helps you feel far less groggy the following morning even if you do get enough sleep. Maybe try going to bed earlier tonight and see how you feel the next morning?

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on March 08, 2013
at 01:36 AM

Sounds like your body is trying to play catchup and is out of sync with circadian rhythm.

I don't know if your body will rest too much, but waking up to an alarm clock sucks enough for me to not want to find out!

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