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Do you guys feel like you need way more sleep than everyone you know? I function best on 10 or 11 hours of sleep, and I'm always napping between and after my classes. I know it comes off as lazy, but I feel like my thoughts just wear me out every day, even when they're not negative. Anyone feel the same?
 

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Absolutely.

This is mostly caused by depression, but lately I've been sleeping for a good ten to twelve hours a day, and lately it's from around 7AM to 7PM. It doesn't feel healthy, but then again I don't feel healthy in general.
 

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I tend to follow the opposite pattern-I "need" long days to do all I wish to do (or perhaps to have time to "waste" on my inner world) so I do not like sleeping much if I can help it. I need time to practice, work, and "play". If I haven't done enough for my dreams for the day, I feel antsy... so if needed, I'll just fill myself with caffeine.

Sleeping is good, though, so if you can do so normally, please do. As far as "oversleeping", if you feel it's slowing down your personal life, focus on the dream to be achieved, so you get more productive-and even, inspiring-days out of your life.

Some people do need more hours than others , and such thing is fine, as long as it's not getting in your way of a productive day or is stressing you out because you know deep down you should do differently.
 

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Yes, so much. People I know never seem to sleep at all. But not getting enough sleep can make me feel nervous and terrible the next day, and if it goes on for longer than that I think it seriously starts to cause some depression.

But I don't think taking naps is lazy, you've got to take care of yourself whatever way you think is best. I took one between classes today because I was having trouble focusing, and it made my day about 300 times better.
 

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Some people naturally need more than others. 10 to 11 on average is quite a lot though. Have you ever had a sleep study, I wonder? If you get 10 to 11 each night, and still don't feel refreshed and like you need a nap to get through, I'd consider getting a sleep study. (Sleep quantity does not always = sleep quality) Depression, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed could be a factor, too though.

When everything is working right, 7.5 - 8.5 is best for me. :)

(I have been known to sleep 13 hours straight before.. in college on the weekends sometimes.. I think once I went as long as 15 hours)
 

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I have always been a very light sleeper and a bit of an insomniac. I averaged about 2-4 hours until about a year ago, when I finally started sleeping a little more.

I was seeing a cadre of doctors for chronic pain in my head and one of them was a sleep specialist. I spent 10 hours in the lab, slept just 4, and had combined stages 3 and 4 plus REM sleep totaling only 17 minutes. The doctor's report also said that in that 4 hours I had 44 awakenings. And I thought that was the best night's sleep I'd had in years! I think this problem has a lot to do with my being depressed and unable to concentrate on complex tasks. The problem isn't sleep apnea, which the sleep doctor kept trying to test me for. They put this mask on me that blew air into my mouth and I was supposed to try to sleep with that on. Right... I tore it off in about 5 seconds. Anyway, it is the pain in my head, neck, and shoulders that wakes me up, not sleep apnea.

So I would love to be able to sleep 7-8 hours but even if I am in the bed that long, I just keep waking up and the the longer I am lying down, the nerve pain gets so severe that sometimes I am afraid to go to bed at all. I have no idea what a good night's sleep actually feels like.
 

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Are you waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle? They last ~90 min, so you should try to plan to wake up between them.

I've slept for 14 hours one day and done shit, same with 4 hours. It really depends. (I also deal with depression, so I might not be the best person to ask.)
 

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I guess if you normally need that much sleep, you're fine. If I'm not sleep-deprived or super-tired from physical activity I'm not used to, then I usually need about 7 1/2-8 hours of sleep. For example, if I fall asleep at 11:30, I'll sleep until around 7:30.
 

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When I'm depressed I usually end up sleeping close to 10 - 12 hours. When I'm in a healthy state its about 6 - 8 hours and that's more than enough.
 
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I manage only around 6-7 hours' sleep a day mostly. Weekends I can sleep naturally and I get 8-9 hours, but I don't actually feel not tired until around 11 hours which often I'm incapable of. So I end up mostly never getting the sleep I need. Depression probably has an effect but I've been tired as long as I can remember.

Some weekends I spend 13 hours in bed of which 10 or 11 are spent asleep, and I feel pretty good afterwards. That's rare, sadly, not for want of trying. I've slept on and off about 18 hours once.
 

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This is depresion, I was there...
the one I have now is worse though, I cant seem to sleep much. I feel it would be so much easier if I could sleep 10 hours every day. let time go faster... instead, when I wake up its my weaker time when I cant control my thoughts and emotions and before getting anxiety I have to wake up. It was way worse before tho, and the first day I went to the zen temple I could sleep for 10 hours.
 

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Sleep is an interesting subject. My ultimate sleep schedule is about 5am-2pm. Dyed in the wool night owl. I worked mornings for years after school and I never got used to it, to the point where I switched to the evening shift a year ago (bonus: I now work almost entirely alone! Muahahahaha!). I can go to bed earlier and pull 14+ hours but I will not want to get out of bed any earlier, it's basically a waste of time if the goal is being less tired in the morning. Functioning during normal people hours is...interesting...as I do very, very poorly on low sleep. I wake up 99.9% of nights, usually 3ish hours after dozing off..usually just get up, grab a snack and get what is generally the better half of the night's rest. I am constantly battling myself over trying to maintain reasonable hours or just doing what feels good and natural, albeit entirely impractical.

When depressed, I totally sleep as a coping mechanism. I can kill ~20 hours a day in bed if things are that bad.

I can almost guarantee I have some sort of sleep disorder but I think they like to give people machines to strap in to at night and I'm not doing that shit. Noooooooooooo way, no friggin' how..

 

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Right now I'm getting 10-11 hours of sleep - I usually am tired the rest of the day when I get so much sleep and I become so lazy.
I'm much more energized when getting around 7-8 hours of sleep - though it's so hard getting out of bed but once I do I feel pretty bright rest of the day.
 

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I agree depression kills my good night's rest. But also, I feel like I always need more sleep, and am lethargic throughout the day because I stay up all night from 8pm - 9am watching anime, trolling forums, watching cat or dog videos, heading banging to remixes and covers, reading about new cars or bikes, watching more videos about bike and car customs, looking for more anime to watch. My mind is kept overloaded with the cool things that are soaked in through my eyes, and my poor body's begging "please...just let me rest already!"

I am my own worst enemy. Do you have bad pre-sleeping habits too? And maybe that's why you end up needing too much sleep?
 

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Yeaa, I also function best with a lot of sleep! 9 or 10 or 11 hours are very good, everything else makes me feel exhausted 80% of the day, haha. It's sad, because I'm just not able to get that much sleep. Other people sleep 5 hours or so and function the same as I do with 7 or even 8 hours, not fair! :laughing: "Ohhh, I watched that and that film yesterday, hahaha... :) How about you?" "zzzZZzzz Oh... I was sleeping..."... :laughing:
 

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I need about 9-10 hours to not become tired or sleepy in the afternoon. That's normal for my age though - teens and children need more sleep than older adults. Also, being around lots of people for a long period of time can make me tired or need more sleep, so take into account energy demands on that front. High school was hell because I'm not an early bird, I had a ton of extracurriculars and AP classes, and I was constantly surrounded by people for 8 or 9 hours straight. I ended up holing myself in my room after the day was done and always felt like I needed way more sleep than I could have. It was horrible. God I am so glad that's over.
 

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"What kind of pre-sleeping habits are bad?" (sorry I don't have enough post count to post links or quotes)

Taken from the Internet: Watching TV or using the computer/surfing net before sleeping. Eating before sleeping. Exercising before sleep.

I always use the net before sleep :) :) :)
 
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