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Excessive Sleep Requirement

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  • Posted By: Sleepy Head
  • September 6, 2008
  • 10:22 AM

I'm really struggling at the moment balancing life and sleep. I never seem to get enough sleep although I get about 7-8 hours a night. If I let myself wake naturally at the weekend I tend to sleep for about 15 hours (but then I do feel recovered.) This obviously isn't a sustainable amount of sleep to fit round my job.

I've had blood tests to rule out hypothroidism; I may have a low clotting factor level but I don't see how this links in with my sleep problems. I'm not anaemic; and although I'm a vegetarian, I do take multivitamins.

Is this a normal sleep requirement? If not, is there anything I can do to deal with it better?

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  • what would happen if you slept like 9 hrs per night regularly?? maybe then you wouldnt end up sleeping 15 hrs on a weekend?? (have you tried that?). Many people undersleep and may need a little bit more than 7 or even 8 hrs. It is said that some eg teens should be getting 9 hrs per night. Another issue could be a sleeping disorder.. where you arent getting into the right stages of sleep hence are then needing more. Maybe talk to your doctor about this. If concerned, a sleep study should be done to check for sleep issues.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • September 6, 2008
    • 11:23 AM
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  • I know how you feel. I feel dead unless I get about ten hours of sleep a day. Some people just require more than others. Unfortunatly life doesn't allow for things like that. I'm lucky if I get four or five hours of sleep. I also find it really hard to sleep at night, and only feel rested if I sleep in the mornings.
    Kumbricia 5 Replies
    • September 6, 2008
    • 05:10 PM
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