Long Sleeping

Long Sleeping Disorder – Research & Treatments

Long sleeping is an uncommon sleeping finding or disorder characterized by the body’s insistence on remaining asleep for longer periods of time than would otherwise be deemed typical. This commonly results in 10 to 12 hours of sleep each night for people with the findings, and less than that leaves them feeling un-refreshed and sleepy throughout the day.

The disorder often begins in childhood, and last throughout the subject’s life. The sleep itself is very normal and deep. The disorder has not been connected to any genetic traits, medical conditions or psychological issues, and remains a relative mystery.

Most long sleepers will be forced to endure shorter than desired sleep durations to keep up with life’s demands, and this can cause numerous symptoms related to insomnia the next day. It also accrues into what is called a sleep debt, which is routinely paid back on weekends when long sleepers will sleep as long as 15 hours to get caught up on lost sleep. Other long sleepers will choose to fully accept the condition and live within its restraints, going to bed at a time early enough to allow for at least 10 hours of sleep each night. Long sleepers will often find it difficult to wake up to alarm clocks, and may be difficult to wake by others, and should ideally set aside enough sleep time so that the body wakes up when it is naturally refreshed.

Long sleeping has been found in approximately 2% of the population, with men at a slightly higher rate of having it than women. It may be difficult to first detect in children, as they routinely sleep more than adults, and are often not given free reign to sleep in as long as desired. Allowing a child to sleep in on weekends and measuring the time slept could be a good indication of the presence of this disorder, if it surpasses 10-12 hours.

A link has been found connecting long sleeping with introverted personality types, which may have to do with the release or lack thereof of certain chemicals in the brain, but no conclusive evidence has been found, nor is there a cure. Long sleepers are advised not to fight the disorder, as it may lead to the development of other sleeping disorders or medical issues, but to instead live within its constraints as well as is possible under their circumstance, and achieve the most sleep that they possibly can without neglecting other aspects of their lives.

The possibility exists that the disorder could be caused by depression or another medical condition, and if it has only recently started, then this is likely the case. In these situations, being examined by a doctor, and having a thorough check of your medical and sleep history performed may root out the problem. In these cases you may be asked to perform an overnight sleep study, or polysomnogram, to have any other sleeping disorders uncovered if they exist. In most cases, maintaining a sleep diary will be enough for the doctor to go on and make a diagnosis in your case.

If the long sleeping is being caused by another issue, that issue should be resolved as soon as possible, at which point the offending long sleeping should dissipate. If the long sleeping is the cause of natural biological rhythms, possible treatments are unknown, and since the level of sleep is of high quality, it is recommended to incorporate the long sleeping into the daily routine as best as possible. Attempting to avoid long sleeping, or staying aggressively awake could lead to other sleeping disorders such as a non-24-hour sleep-wake rhythm disorder, which are far more damaging to social relationships and professional careers than a couple of lost hours of awake time each day.

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  1. Jacqueline

    I regularly sleep 15+ hours a night. Sometimes sleeping last into the next day. And if my partner left me and didn’t wake (happened once or twice) I would sleep right through until 8pm or so the following day. I would then naturally awaken myself. I have been like this since childhood. And was extremely hard to waken as a child.

    • Cloud

      Have you ever had any sleep related weirdness? Like overly vivid dreaming, repeated dream landscapes, or dreams about things that are part of your next day/week/month/year(s)? De-ja vu’s that are more than de ja vu’s? I am a long sleeper and this stuff happens to me all the time, when I was a kid they told me it was this or that, now that I’m an adult I can rationalise for myself what is coincedense and what is actually strange.

      • just a girl in the world

        Yes…i think of my dream life as my “other life”. People, places, etc. i’ve been too before in my dreams and have revisited quite a bit. I don’t know if it’s because i sleep alot and dream every night and that my mind has created another place, so to speak, that has people and places like my real life…that i can go to again.

        • ExoitKay

          I can relate to both of you….i sleep 16 hours average at night/day and my dreams are like another life….same landscapes, people i make up. The deja vus last for more than 2 minutes sometimes..very vivid….long dreams. I can even go back to them if i wake up from a loud noise during the day

          • lady justice

            Glad I’m not the only one. I’m 68 and this started when I was about 55. I am now also very difficult to awake. All of my dreams are in color. Some of them are very stressfull. Most last for hours. The reoccurring dream that I have had since I was a child is that I can and do fly. It’s fun. No one else in my dreams can and people are so shocked. I am always afraid I am going to get to high so I’m very careful. I guess when I get to high I will just not wake up. What a way to go.

          • FuzzyD

            Glad I’m not the only one. My body wants 10 hours of sleep a night, but if I only get 8 or less for the week then I’ll easily sleep 15 hrs on the wekeend to make up for it. But it’s the dream thing – it’s a completely alternate life and totally vivid. So, I’m never really resting, I’m just living in a different world until I wake up and return to this one.

      • Cyrus

        one time about a year ago, I had a dream of me waking up in redwood city, california and getting off my bed and looking to the right, towards the window.. the bed had a golden jet lighter and a blue comforter and the bed frame was an old fashoned one… and on the wall was a tv that had a big brown speaker on the bottom of it with an xbox below it.. and what was really weird was I was living in seattle, washington, in a room that I was sharing with my sister, and I had never been in the room that I woke up in neither did I have the things that I woke up with in the dream, but 5 months ago I woke up exactly how I did in the dream! It was mind blowing when I woke up and realized I had a dream exactly like this situation 7 months ago, and I fainted but now Im a long sleeper and have really vivid dream like this, like a few weeks ago I had a dream I was racing with exotic cars, I got out of my car and shrunk it so I could pick it up to walk up some stairs, but then it turned into an inception dream where I woke up in a kitchen looking for sodium hydroxide and phosphorous, I dont know why but the physics in that dream made it so if I put the two together it would explode, then I asked a girl where it could be then she said can you help me and I said of course this is my dream, then we both had dream sex then I woke up in another dream on the couch I was sleeping on when I originally fell asleep, so i thought this dream was real, then my dad was there and brought me to my room, and the more I looked at my room the more futuristic it got! first it was just a chair and a tv then a floating remote, I tried to pick up the remote and woke up in reality. that was only one dream! but my dad thinks I dont have this disorder but I am tired through out the day and have been needing 16+ hours of rest, and at least 14 hours of deep sleep

        • Jen

          This sounds like one of my nightly dreams! I dream in color and can also talk out loud, waking myself up at times, but fall back asleep and continue my dream. It’s gotten to the point where I enjoy my “dream life” and can get there quickly most of the time, including getting up to go to the bathroom during the night. I love being able to enjoy my dreams! The downside is that I sleep up to 16 hours per night these days and I have trouble with feeling tired in the hours that I am awake. I feel like I could nap after even just one hour of being awake, but I don’t. I feel that way the entire duration of my waking hours. I also lack an appetite and suffer from nausea quite frequently when I first awake and at other waking times at random. Do you have any of those symptoms or side effects of long-sleeping?

      • deb

        wow exactly. very vivid and all in color seem like a full story and continual.And yes i have had many a dream come true and that scares me. Ive been sleeping now 11 hrs a day and i wake at 11 usually. i do have to get up to use the bathroom once a night or early am and start falling back asleep in bathroom. i hit the bed and im out.

      • Hm

        I have this too a lot and am only 13. I also sleep a lot but am forced to sleep very little because of school, but in the summer I slept an average of 10 hours a day

    • David

      Would be nice to email with someone who has this condition. I have it all my life and only just find now via this websight what i may
      Have. Its a relief.

      • Pat

        Hi David
        I have been a long sleeper all of my life. I am in my sixties now. I usually fall asleep around midnight and sleep until 10 or 11. If I go to bed later-and I tend to be a night owl- I will sleep until noon or 1. I am retired, so this is not an issue now. But during my working life I gravitated towards afternoon or evening jobs. If I get up after 8 hours of sleep I definitely feel bad when I get up and worse during the day. If I get less than 7 hours of sleep I sometimes get nauseated- which goes away as soon as I get a two to three-hour nap.

        Does this sound familiar?

        • Jen

          I cannot believe how similar your symptoms and sleeping pattern is to mine. I came here looking for information on sleeping up to 16 hours per night, nausea, and general aching/feverish feeling. It’s every single day and I cannot live like this and function!

      • Karen

        Hi – I have gone through 4 sleep studies at 2 top sleep clinics and the results have shown that I get no REM/restful sleep. I was also recently diagnosed as a long sleeper which I have had as long as I can remember. I’ve lost days as one post mentioned, sleeping all night and all the next day numerous times. I also experience vivid colorful dreams, talk in my sleep (waking myself up but going right back to sleep). If you want to talk further, you can email me.

        • Elvis

          Hello Karen.. I would like to ask you a few questions about the sleep studies and clinics you went to… I have a similar problem sleeping 12 hours but I don’t have dreams.. Never had..is there any fix for this… I’ve had it since I was a kid…

          • Karen

            I had 2 studies done at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and 2 at Scripps in La Jolla, CA. Unfortunately there is no cure, only managing it. My doctor told me to take a nap each day, go out in sunlight for at least 30 minutes after awakening, go to bed at the same time each night. He said only 2% have this (I don’t know what to call it – illness, syndrome ?). Did you Google it? You will find information there. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have. Hope this helps a little – I know, it sucks! And people/family members/work situations do not understand it or know about it because little is known about it; they usually chalk it up to laziness, which is far from the truth. It is very frustrating, I know!

      • erica

        Yes it’s not much information on this condition. I found out that I had it a year ago) I was only told by my provider(pulmonary/sleep disorder doctor) drink 2 cups of coffee a day before noon/and sleep on weekends, holidays..etc. I really would love more information.

    • Nove

      I wanted to sleep more than 6 hours, its just too difficult for me. My body automatically wakes me up early regrdless of what time I fell asleep.

    • Niko

      Well disorders are really just differenses in people that make there life qualety worse, because they dont work with how society curently is.
      So yhe they are just some people who needs more sleep.
      I think we should look at disorders a bit differently. A lot of people with disorders could work fine without help if they got in the right situation, like a fitting job, but not all ofcorse.

    • Cyrus

      trust me this is a disorder, you would know if you just need more sleep or if you have this disorder, imagine going to sleep one night at 9pm and waking the next with no energy what so ever at 3pm. wanting to sleep longer. that different then just needing a couple hours more of sleep.

      • erica

        I totally agree.. I feel like I have been drug..it’s real and it’s not normal. I am always thinking about sleeping. I have gotten enough rest and can still sleep a lot. This is not normal. Its one thing to be tired but sleepy is on a different level..

  2. kristen dehaven

    i sleep anywhere between 12-15 hours, when i have to sleep less i feel sick, i feel really tired to the point i can not function at school or work and i am falling asleep

    • Marilyn

      Kristen de Haven: Have you ever had a sleep study? It sounds like you may have narcolepsy. I have it and take a stimulant in order to function somewhat normally. Before I was on medication I would go to bed early, sleep late, take an a.m. nap for 2 hours, followed by a 2hour nap in the afternoon. During wakeful time I was in a fog and felt exhausted all the time. I would suggest talking to a pulmonary/sleep disorder physician if you haven’t already done so.

  3. Nela Sunga

    I sleep for 12 hrs a day regularly but I wake up some time when people around are so annoying, I dont really stand up and wake, I just try to sleep again, I dont like waking up in the morning because I feel like I get deprived hence I feel sad, when I dont get to have 12 hrs of sleep I get sad
    Yesterday, I slept for 15 hrs, I was tired and sleep deprived. Kinda feels unhealthy, because I skipped mealtimes

  4. Hailey

    Lately I have been sleeping 10-12 hrs a night, yesterday I got 12 hrs of sleep so I thought today maybe I would wake up earlier – nope! Another 12 hr sleep. I realized that when I was being forced o wake up early it would make me grumpy during the day. When I was a child I remember being woken by my ma but not getting out of bed because I was so lazy and didn’t feel refreshed at all, so I would have realistic dreams of waking up and moving on with my morning routine only to wake with 10 minutes to the bus. I guess I was just lazy. Could my excess sleeping pattern be related to o depression? My sister has depression but I have never been diagnosed.

      • Cyrus

        You would have what i have, where your body doesnt care what timeit is, either you go to sleep at 4pm and wake up and 9am or you go to sleep at 11pm and wake up at 3pm the next day
        it is not normal to need so much sleep neither is it normal to not sleep on time

  5. Victoria

    Thyroid problems can cause this. Have your thyroid checked by an integrative medical, not an endocrinologist. Also, Epstein Barr Virus, aka, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can affect sleep patterns, undersleeping or oversleeping, both unrefreshing sleep. Leaky gut, believe it or not can affect sleep. I have a partially empty sella, pituitary disorder that may be the cause as well.

  6. Avanel

    I’ve always slept for 11 hours each night and if I don’t get that then I am horribly drousy the rest of the day , my friends call me a party pooper for always going to bed early and nothing disturbeds me in the night. Its been like this since I was born. It’s hard to handle sometimes especially when I have to stay up late to work on school work and will sometimes fall asleep in school

  7. shepherd

    When given the chance, such as weekends, I fall asleep around 2-3 am, and sleep until 4 or 5 pm. If I have to wake up any earlier to go somewhere or do something, I go back to bed for another few hours when I get home to catch up. A nap to me is 3-4 hours. However, on school nights/weekdays I can fall asleep at 2am, wake up at 5:40am, and function perfectly throughout the day (I also take naps in some classeS), but I’m tired as soon as I get home. I too always thought I was just lazy. I always have an overwhelming feeling of being unable to get out of bed unless I’ve slept an adequate amount.

    • Lynn

      Sounds like you have Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome if you are not able to sleep until 2am. The reason you sleep so long on the weekends is because your body is seeking to make up the sleep deficit you incur during the week. You need to see a sleep specialist and seek a formal diagnosis, as DSPD cannot be cured, and knowledge is power. Being diagnosed young means you can pick the right career for this disorder, and you won’t end up health issues from chronic sleep deprivation.

  8. John

    I dunno for the past year or so I have been sleeping 10-12 hours each night well not really night I guess, most days I sleep during the day, it’s the only way I get enough sleep as I will just stay up all night if i don’t force myself to sleep right after school. This has been making my social and school life harder

  9. Jennifer

    I’m 17 years old and lately I’ve been getting way too much sleep. I’ve been heavily studying for exams, which has been causing me to get 3-4 hours of sleep a night. Now that exams are over, I’ve been coming home from school and laying in bed until I fall asleep, meaning I’ll sleep from 5 PM to 5 AM (yikes), but I’ll wake up once or twice between that time. I don’t fight the urge because it feels natural for some reason. I’m the type of person that becomes grouchy if I don’t get 7 hours of sleep or more. Also, my psychologist has mentioned that I have minor depression, so I don’t know if that has anything to do with my new sleep cycle.

  10. Paula

    I never knew other people had this issue for lack of a better term. I have since a teenage had long sleeps as they are called here. NOw that I am no longer a working parent (ie retired), I find that I cannot keep up with my peers who do many things in a day, as I don’t wake up until 12-15 hours after going to bed and they have already played tennis, shopped met friends etc.

    I do suffer from depression but believe that part of my depression is because of my long sleeps stopping me from enjoying life.

    Would it be a good idea to take ADHD meds or modafinil type meds?

  11. Paula Farrell

    I have this condition, and so unlike my peers (in their 60’s), I do not accomplish a great deal in my waking time, party because this waking time is so brief. Would it be a good idea to take ADHD meds or modanifil?

  12. Dr K

    Hi Paula, you first need to find the root cause of your sleep . Is it pathological or just a natural part of you? For that you will have to go for a sleep study test where they will analyse your sleep pattern, such a test should be most useful. Then depending on the outcome of the test you can take things forward.

    • RUSS JOHNSON

      HI DR K, I AM 77 YEARS OLD MALE AND IF I DO NOT GET 12 TO 16 HRS SLEEP/DAY (LIKE MAYBE 12 AT NIGHT SOUND SLEEP ,THEN 2 OR3 NAPS /DAY FOR 2 TO 3HRS EACH) AND OFTEN STILL FEEL LIKE I DUG DITCHES ALL NITE. MY GP HAS GIVEN UP ON HELPING ME. I LIVE IN NH COULD YOU HELP ME FIND A PATH THAT MIGHT HELP ME FIND THE ROOT CAUSE OF IS PROBLEM

  13. Jlmars

    I am so glad I found this. I have always needed 10 hours sleep which makes it very hard to love with other people or have a social life outside work. People laugh at you, call you lazy or just don’t believe you and think you just need to force your body to get used to 7 or 8 hours sleep. It would be great for it to be classified as some sort of mild disability (such as dyslexia) so that you had grounds for asking for slightly altered hours at work like later start/finish time (or just so it was socially unacceptable for people to be derogatory). I also have very vivid dreams- I wonder if proportionally more REM sleep is the cause of this syndrome.

    • Christina

      Hi Jlmars,
      I totally relate and agree with you about this sleep pattern being classified as a disability. I wonder if there is anyway to advocate for this to be labeled a disability so those of us that genuinely need 10+ hours can be accommodated. I also am called lazy, and am expected to get up at “a reasonable time” by people who just don’t get it. After reading a lot of these comments, it appears most of us have similar symptoms. I would bet more than 2% of the population has this. I know several others just like me. I also do not believe it is caused by depression, although depression might cause someone to want to sleep more.

      I also wonder if more REM sleep can cause this. Are vivid dreamers more likely to require more sleep overall? If I wake up with under 10 hours I experience what seems to be extreme sleep inertia. I have the most incredibly complex and vivid dreams that I can remember for several years (some I will never forget). I revisit dreams again and again and sometimes if I wake up during one I can go right back into the dream where it left off. Sometimes I can completely manipulate my dreams, change the course, and add story lines. I set multiple alarms, but I can never remember snoozing my them (but they get snoozed).

  14. Cynthia

    On one night this week, I did not sleep at all. This is because I am being weaned off a drug for Restless Legs Syndrome that caused my symptoms to get much worse (called Augmentation).

    The following night, I took my regular dose of this drug which has a sleep-inducing effect on my body. I did not set my alarm. I remember getting up a couple times to go to the bathroom, and I woke up around 8 a.m. but went back to sleep and slept until 10 a.m. My best friend feels this is not natural. Does anyone know the facts about whether this ability to sleep 14 hours (after having 0 hours of sleep the night before) is a blessing or not a good thing. I know that I felt refreshed, like I had made up for the night of sleep I had missed.

  15. mike

    I’m wondering about REM as well. Because i also have at least 2 vivid complex dreams every night. And the last 2-3 months i have noticed that i sleep longer than i use to, average 10 hours per night. I retired about a year ago, so maybe i am just bored in general, or maybe its a symptom of something else.

  16. Tiffany

    I think this is what I suffer from. I’ve always slept for extremely long periods of time, for as long as I can remember at least. I started having sleep paralysis episodes in my early teens, and then EDS. It’s been so bad that I’ve had trouble holding down jobs (sleeping through alarms, etc.). And I’m not rich so I sorta ‘exist’ rather than ‘live’. Most of my life I’ve thought that I just have a bad case of narcolepsy type 2, and that I just sleep more than people with narcolepsy ..since I get so sleepy while I should be awake that I’ve fallen asleep driving before.
    Dealing with doctors has been an absolute nightmare as well. They almost always treat me like I’m just after stimulants. I was finally able to afford a sleep study (polysomnogram and MLST) and it was inconclusive. They found ‘issues’, but wanted another study. I can’t afford to though. I finally found a doctor that put me on Provigil for the time being. It helps a lot, but I’ve been thinking about asking him to increase my dosage.
    Do any of you guys take meds for this sleep disorder?

  17. Heather

    I’ve always needed a minimum of 10 hours sleep and will take a nap if I get less than 12 yet still sleep fine that night. It’s like I never grew up and became a normal, functional, and productive adult (now 41). My dream world is often more important than the waking world and I’ve also experienced ESP or precognitive dreams since I was 6 years old. In my 20’s I had a job where I was scheduled 4 x 10 hour shifts and I started self medicating with meth amphetamine becoming dependent almost immediately. That has been a life long battle as I simply do not function in a focused, alert, and productive way when not using. I get depressed and anxious as I feel like I’m letting my whole life pass me by until I can’t stand the failure and disappointment feelings any longer and decide drug use is the lesser evil because I don’t behave like a typical meth user and more like a medicated ADHD patient. I’ve discussed the harm reduction concept with my doctor to remove the negative stigmatism of being an addict and getting off the street variety for prescription treatments such as modafinil or adderall but doctors are taught that this addict behavior to seek out pharmaceuticals. I don’t understand why opioid users are treated with suboxone or methadone and yet functionally dependent amphetamine users are routinely turned away with an abstinence only recommendation while these stimulants are commonly given to children with behavior problems so they can’t be nearly as damaging to both the body and the ego who suffers from labels such as lazy, spacey, unreliable, or addict. To say I’ve suffered with major depression is an understatement! It’s a relief to know that it isn’t just me. That I haven’t made it up for an excuse but merely have been fighting a condition of abnormality in sleep requirements in order to join society under pressure to be an adult, not to drop out and ignore responsibilities preferring to party. It’s never been an intention to escape the world and always to participate because sleep is the infinite escape and I will rest when I’m dead. *I do NOT recommend anyone take the same route as me and instead suggest seeking treatment for ADHD without ever having the words “substance abuse” placed on your chart where you’re treated from then on with apathy instead of the readily available medications that will allow for a happy, productive, fulfilling life.

    • Steven

      OMG I have nearly the same issues that you have I mean I could sleep for days if i wanted and even the meth can’t keep me awake at times I wish I could find something to help. Have you had any luck in getting anyone go listen.

  18. Courtney

    Hi all. I’m a 22 year old woman with multiple mental illnesses (major depressive disorder, anxiety, cyclomatic bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, CPTSD, ocd tendencies to count things and pick at my skin relentlessly, and have a history with bulimia and anorexia) that have been affecting my life clearly since I was about 10 years old. Around 8 I noticed that I needed more sleep than most kids my age and I was constantly tired if I didn’t get more than normal hours. During my teenage years it skyrocketed to anywhere between 12 and 16 hours of sleep each night. The days I went with 7-9 I was exhausted, mentally and physically. I also sleep through all my alarms. I have tried many things to rid myself of this inconvenience, as I’ve been called lazy and much worse for needing this much sleep. (To the point where I was emotionally and verbally abused.) This sleeping disorder of sorts has ruined my reputation with jobs, school, and my social life to the point where I only have about 12 hours on a good day of being awake. Also important to mention is I’m never refreshed, but consistently exhausted. I don’t have the money for sleep studies, otherwise I would be doing them to find out why I can hardly stay awake. I have found myself borderline narcoleptic when I would try to sleep 8 hours a night and drink caffeine during the day. I practice good routines at night so I don’t stay up later than necessary, but I still find myself waking between 5 or 6 hours of sleep from very vivid dreams. I’ve been lucid dreaming since I was 17, and I usually have 3 REM dreams a night/rest period that I usually can remember and often revisit and continue or relive in other sleep times. I’ve for the most part almost entirely given up hope of finding a job that can understand this issue and won’t fire me over it. I’m a full time student and I already struggle to pay for my medications. It is also important to note that I went to rehab for suicidal thoughts and tendencies from 17 to 18 for 1 and a half months, and during this time I was taken off my regular medications to observe my behavior. I slept all the time. I missed group meetings and if I found the persistence to go to them, I would fall asleep during them often. Even now I find myself fighting sleep during school, yawning constantly, and not having energy to do much of anything. I used to work out religiously and was still the same amount exhausted. (I stopped recently due to body image disorders. I was doing it for the wrong reasons.) I’ve cut out most drinking from my life (once a week maybe?) and I do smoke weed to help with the panic attacks I frequently get from having too much caffeine and anxiety. (The strains that don’t make you tired, IE Sativa strains, only.) My psychiatrist has been seeing me since I was 8 and refuses to write me a prescription for medical marijuana. I’ve tried just not taking concerta and Ritalin (and it almost ruined my GPA to the point where I couldn’t fix it) to solve this anxiety and panic attacks. I’ve also tried taking them as needed instead of daily and am still dealing with panic attacks. As a psychology major I am completely stumped and too broke to afford tests to determine what exactly is wrong with me.

    • Stephanie

      Hey Courtney, you are definitely not alone. Every single thing that you wrote about describes me and I have never met anyone so similar. I took suffer from anxiety, PTSD, depression, and ADHD. I’m 24 and I’ve been dealing all of this and sleeping more than 12 hours a day. I became really reliant on adderall and stimulants to keep myself awake but I stopped taking them due to fear of it having a serious negative effect on my health. I’ve been having extremely vivid dreams since I was a little kid. I have intense vivid dreams every single night. I also smoke weed to help with my anxiety and depression, i had my psychiatrist medically prescribe it to me so I’m sorry to hear that yours won’t help, because it has helped me tremendously. In high school I was in the top of my class and ended up going to a top university but I dropped out of school due to depression and my issues with sleeping, I would seldom oversleep and miss my classes. My family doesn’t understand my condition either and they just think i’m lazy when it is something very difficult for me to control. What scares me the most about this disorder is that I feel like I’m sleeping my life away instead of dedicating the time I want to live a fulfilling life. If you ever need anyone to talk to about this please contact me, because you aren’t alone and I would love to talk to someone who can relate.

  19. Cindy

    I recently into the habit of sleeping 15+ because I was lacking sleep the other night studying for my exams. I had lots of dream when I’m sleeping too, and it feels like an adventure or some kind of movie. One time I had a dream and it was a about zombie apocalypse. My town was full of zombie and somehow my mother got infected and she try to attack me and I had to kill her. Then I had to hid in the closet because the zombie bust into my house. Another dream I had was when me and my mother was at the airport. All of a sudden there was a terrorist attack and everybody was running and screaming. The terrorist was brutal and cruel they slick open all the throat of the passenger on the escalator. There was gunshots everywhere and bodies. Another dream would be about me and my family going on a vacation at resort which is located on a mountain deep in the forrest. We have a great time together. My sister and decided to go ahead of our family first and came across a bridge. As we were there, there was a red giant lobster down the river and two gigantic sharks as well. Somehow the bridge began to crumble or breakdown and we both fall into the river and the sky became misty and we lost our way back to the resort as well as lost contact with our family.

  20. Megan

    Oh my. I’m not just making it up! So much research I see about insomnia and yet here is something about the other way around. i have never been able to stay awake without really forcing myself to ever since I can remember and now I’m 21 and I still need to sleep 14 hours on weekends and 8-10 in the week and still feel exhausted. just to have this recognised has truly excited me.

  21. Summer K

    This article describes my husband perfectly!! He would sleep 24 hours straight if I let him!! He can’t wake up on his own for anything because he’s such a deep sleeper. I wish there was something that could help him with this.

  22. Tums

    I have to sleep for 14-16 hours if i want to feel well rested the next morning. That crashes with my student life tho since then i can only sleep for about 6-8 hours i try to sleep earlier but it wont help if i have to go to bed at 5.pm to get enough sleep so when saturday comes i can sleep up to 18 hours to catch up the sleep i lost

  23. Shel Graves

    I never know when this will happen. I may have a relative good day where I wake up early, may or may not have a nap and go to bed around 10:30 pm. The next day I might not wake up until 9:00 pm very hungry. I eat something readily available like yogurt, cheese,carrots or fruit. I’m still sleepy, go to the restroom and back to sleep the rest of that night and wake around 9:00 the next morning. That’s 34 hours of sleep with little food and one time urination. Alarm clocks, and phone calls don’t wake me during that time. I have 7 alarm clocks. I have a blue light with one alarm and a vibration thing under my pillow with another. One alarm is 14 decibels. I’ve even slept through my security alarm. While I’m asleep I feel like I have dreamed the whole time. The dreams are very vivid, detailed and lead into other dreams. There is usually conflict and strong emotions in the dreams. I wish someone had the answers. This is debilitating.

  24. Rhiannon McVay

    I am a light sleeper and am aroused easily from a deep sleep when someone wakes me, the sound of an alarm clock or any sound for that matter but I can fall back to sleep fast and continue to sleep for hours on end if allowed to do so. My mother was the same way and would always sleep in when I was old enough to care for myself and send myself to school, well old enough in her eyes, but on the weekends I would out sleep her and find her waking me sometimes 1 or 2 in the afternoon. I still can sleep well into the afternoon when I allow myself, only because my children are grown, and I’m seriously thinking that it may be hereditary. Has anybody else’s family had issues with hypersleep or long sleep like themselves?

  25. prateek

    i am 25 and study at a reputed university, sleeping has never been a problem for me as it comes naturally. for the past many years i have been sleeping like a log, i just find my bed very comforting. i am very concerned as i don’t sleep for just 10-15 hours regularly but every second day it goes to 18-22 hours. it has really made me into this vanishing person as my studies and every thing in my life is getting affected. i don’t smoke or drink alcohol, i also don’t have any tension regarding my life. it is very weird as everyone falls a little sick on odd days but i cant remember having the fever last time, no head ache, stomach pain, cough, cold or anything. i want to be normal again. i don’t eat well as eating cases me to get up and i don’t want to get up from bed. dreaming is not an issue, i dream a lot or not at certain times. if i don’t have to eat and excrete i can sleep for days. i don’t have a life because of my sleeping and cant remember the day and date when i wake up. i am very popular and talented, good looking and everyone loves me but i just sleep sleep and sleep. it is like a beautiful curse.
    i do not know what to do. i don’t want to sleep, i want to do something in my life before i go away from this beautiful earth . i have a Bachelors of business administration degree and a law degree along with a masters of law degree in human rights law but all i do is sleep. its chronic, and everyone asks me where i was for a couple of days, i cant tell them i was in my room. if i could just not sleep i could do anything in my life. my life is perfect here in Australia but i cant help this sleeping. i am getting weak and falling back on my studies / today i slept for 32 hours straight, i remember waking up and quickly getting a cup of oats and milk before sleeping again…… help .. prateek.pandey@symlaw.ac.in

  26. brandon

    Since I was a child the answer to the most puzzling problems I found during sleep or more fitting dreaming. I grew up in a disfunctional home full of violence and really off the wall ideals most the advice I got from my parents was givent in anger with an alterior motive in mind. I mostly never trusted thier advice and even more so the athorities at every level and habitually would go to sleep if I had data over load or inconsistent data. Althought I have been able to unravel many mysteries in life and the physical world, the need to sleep is bothering me, when my wife b become arguementive at me (she seems very illogical to me) I just have an insatiable need to sleep and.nothing else no matter where I am. WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?

  27. DamonLee22

    At first I thought I was losing my mind! I would lose whole days, even more! I would go to bed on a Sunday evening, and wake to find it was Wednesday.. Where did Mon and Tues go? I finally realized, that I was sleeping all the time away, and that’s the reason I couldn’t recall. It was all very frustrating and confusing. So, I spoke with my doctor, in hopes he could answer why this was happening! In short, he didn’t know.. It seems it’s all a great mystery. This past Monday, I had an appointment to see my doctor at 9:30 am.. After seeing my doctor and doing some blood work.. I went by a local store to shop. I got home a little before noon, and was exhausted. I sit down on the sofa, and fell asleep. When I woke, it was 2 pm, and I thought what a refreshing little two-hour nap I’d had. Of course, I soon began to notice little things that just weren’t right.. I had missed calls and messages from earlier in the day??? And, it finally dawned on me that these missed calls and messages were not sent on Monday, but were from Tuesday.. I had slept for more than 26 hours straight. This is very frustrating, and with time it begins to wear on a person.

  28. Nubar G.

    I’m 28, and entirely relate with most people’s posts here, and the article itself breaks my experience down to the tee. My usual schedule is most commonly feeling sleepy/going to bed around 4 or 5am and waking up around 4 or 5pm. I have learned there is also a disorder called Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome or (DSPS) which I believe I have. The disorder implies your circadian rhythm is delayed, so you sleep later and awake later in the day. Although I don’t only go to bed late and wake up late, I go to bed late and wake up even later, usually after 12 hours or so instead of the common 6-8 hours most people live with. I have always had difficulty sleeping on a “normal” persons schedule my entire life and have been ridiculed by my friends and family for sleeping so much pretty much my entire life. I have tried everything under the sun to “fix” my sleep cycle, like pulling all nighters and going to bed early the next day, 100 alarms set in 5 minute increments, asked a family member to try and wake me (which nobody wants to do because it’s so difficult and usually doesn’t work), melatonin to fall asleep early, “trick alarms” which make you solve a puzzle to turn the alarm off and “wake up your mind.” Nothing has ever worked, they have all failed to help me on the long term, and I will usually sleep right through loud alarms going off as I fall into such an extremely deep sleep, I can probably sleep through an explosion happening right next to me. I have always believed to be messed up somehow, and that feeling of being abnormal to society has become really challenging throughout my life. If I am asked to come into an interview at 10am for example, I am usually terrified of missing it, and if I do make it I’m always feeling “sleepy” or not fully awake because that time is usually when I’m in my deepest REM cycle. It’s both relieving and scary to read “there is no cure” in this article; relieving because it tells me to stop fighting this condition and start adjusting my life around it, but also scary because I’ve always wanted to know what it feels like to have a “normal” and “healthy” sleep cycle, or be an “early riser.” Some of the most successful people in our history, like Winston Churchill for example, have said things like, “the people who are first to rise will be healthy, wealthy, and wise.” This quote has always gotten to me. The few times in my life where I can recall waking up at 6 or 7am have felt like bliss, getting that early morning coffee and getting your whole day started so soon seems like the right way to lead a healthy life. Anyway, I guess it’s a little relieving to know I’m not alone, but it seems we are indeed very few. Hope all of you can live a happy life living with this condition.

  29. A sleepy person that wants to be more active.

    Using coffee or modafinil (occasionally) in thw morning would help, however you can get caught in insomnia.
    Baclofen would also get you in a deeper sleep if taken at night and waking up is easier and makes you feel refreshed without sleeping the usual hours, 25mg before sleep helps, but it can be addicting (do not use it more than that).
    If i don’t take baclofen and get up earlier i get a headache all the day.

    If want to try these drugs, please get an advise from your doctor and official internet resources such as studies in the area of Narcolepsy and letargy.

  30. Shahbaz alam

    Either I sleep or lie on my bed thinking about something. Usually this happen for 9 to 11 hours. And during holidays it becomes nearer to 12 hours and sometimes more than 16 hours. I like it and do not have problem with this, but due to this I am unable to pay attention on my study and eat only twice a day and sometime only once. Am I suffering from any disease or is there any problem with it? Please help me.

  31. Rae

    I’m only 15 and have a weird sleep schedule I literally sleep 10-16 hours. Then I’m still tired so I take naps in the day. It’s like I’m never fully rested. When I am asleep all I do is dream very strong dreams that I remember well. I’ve been like this for a couple of years and it’s getting old. When my family tries to wake me up for school they say I talk to them but I don’t remember it. I’m just so confused

  32. Kate

    A lot of what commenters describe here sounds like hypersomnia or narcolepsy, not long sleep. Long sleep as the article says is normal sleep that just lasts longer than normal, 10-12 hours. If you sleep much more than that *every day* (like 14+ hours) and it’s not just to make up for missed sleep, then that is probably hypersomnia which is a more serious condition. I’m a long sleeper but my sleep study was normal other than the length, I just need 10.5 hours a night to feel good.

    The association with intense, complex and vivid dreams is interesting though, I relate to everyone here on that! I’m a writer and if it weren’t for my dreams I’d be unable to write. I also have precognition and recurring “dream series” that are often much more vivid and interesting than tv series. I wish I could broadcast them onto a screen, I’d be wealthy!

    Makes me wonder if there’s some evolutionary purpose to this. Every tribe in prehistory had its shaman or seer, maybe they were long sleepers?

  33. Filip

    I’m a long sleeper and I would suggest people here to try out 5HTP which has stuff in it that helps the body to produce more serotonin. Serotonin is naturally in the brain and helps the day rythm clock, among other things in the body. My guess is that most long sleepers have a lack of serotonin production in the brain which makes us sleep so long. Anyone out there having the problem of sleeping very long I would suggest to check it out since it has helped me to wake up by myself after 6-7 hours feeling fully rested and alert through-out the day 🙂

  34. Dreamer

    I sleep 20+ hours a day and still feel exhausted when I wake up. The worst part is trying to explain it to others. No one around me understands it, or they simply attribute it to laziness. They have no idea how much I detest the condition and how much I’ve come to detest myself in the process. I live in a dream and every waking moment is pulling me back into dream world.

    I was diagnosed with ADHD-PI when I was younger and have been talking Ritalin for years. I almost always forget to take the medication as it has next to no noticeable effects. I can take two Ritalin and fall right back asleep. I also take Escitalopram but often wonder why. So I’m not depressed in my dreams?

    I was diagnosed with Coeliac disease a few years ago and had really hoped that avoiding gluten would alleviate the incessant urge to sleep. While I no longer suffer from migraines, I sleep even more now. It’s as if the discomfort and pain of Coeliac was actually helping me stay awake (slightly).

    I’m 47 and have quite literally slept more than half my life away. The only upside to this condition is that there’s a pretty good chance I’ll die in my sleep.

    Someone once said that life is a dream and when we die we wake up. I realize it may sound like a morbid thing to hope for but, oh God wake me up already.

  35. Rose

    Guys, i have this!!!! I hate it, yet i love to sleep. This is everyday of my life since i was a kid. In highschool i slept at my desk. Then i worked night jobs. Now i`m a mom. I`m a good mom, but i cant wake up no matter hiw bad i want to. My daughter is so good. She just plays while i sleep. 🙁 i thought It was just me. I thought it was chronic fatigue syndrome. I thought i was sleeping beauty. It upsets me. It actually depresses me. I cant wake up. My family thinks its lazy. There is a cure i found for me and that is smoking marijuana. I got my medical card for my migraines and if i smoke throughout the day just a hit at a time i actually function like a normal person. But if i cant afford it, its sleep sleep sleep. I dont know how long each night, atleast ten hours, but it can be 11 or 12. Then sometimes i need naps at like 5pm. When i was in highschool and forced to get up, i always overslept thru morning classes and on the weekends slept 18 hours at a time!! To make up for sleep. I absolutely hate this in my life, but i cant control it. It makes me feel like the biggest laziest loser, especially as a mother!!! But really i live in a legal marujuana state and if i can smoke an 1/8 a week, im a totally different person- it wakes me up. Im actually suggesting this because i know it helps me. Otherwise it totally sucks. Its like little coma me.

  36. Kaleigh N

    within the last year or 2 have started sleepwalking again. I haven’t done it since i was a kid. I would think it harmless if it weren’t for the fact that I am clearly able to perform many active functions while asleep. I woke up one morning, fully dressed for work, lying on top of a newly made bed. I def went to bed in panama’s. Another time I woke up and found half a bagel face down on the floor, and was horrified to realize that I had toasted and eaten half of a bagel that I had spread a mixture of butter, brown sugar, and concealer stick on. yes concealer, make-up…..why? I have no idea. The scarier part is that I don’t have a toaster, I use the top rack and broil feature of my oven to make toast, i’m lucky I didn’t burn my hands. I have had it happen twice now, i’ve slept in …. not by a little. I missed an entire day; woke up to texts and missed calls from my boss and HR – It’s impossible to try to explain what happened to HR, I went to bed on a Tuesday, like I normally do, and when i woke up, my body felt stiff and sore. I sit up and see it’s still dark out. hmmm. check my phone. numerous missed calls, it’s 2:00 AM … early Thursday morning. Thursday?!? that can’t be right. But it was. I am lucky that i was not fired on the spot. I’m going to see doctors to try to figure it out – but it only happens once in a while, and i can not tell what seems to trigger it. it seems to happen at random. I’m worried because I don’t know how many more times this can happen before my company reaches its limits of compassion and understanding. I don’t know if the 2 sleep problems are related.

  37. Tony

    This is the only article on the web that really describes my condition.

    Before the age of 14 i could not sleep during the day and not more than 8 hours a night.

    But after the age of 17 and up till now 32, i need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a day.

    If i dont get enough sleep, I tend to feel tired, sleepy with loss of short term memory & confused.

    The dept concept applies
    No depression
    Not an introvert
    Hard to cope with this life style
    Very athletic
    Excelent sleep conditions
    Never tried any madications

    Should i try any medication?

  38. Kay

    Hello my name is kay and for a couple months ive been sleeping for tremendously long periods of time. Im not talking about 14 or 20 hours. I’m talking I will go to sleep on a Monday night around 4 or 5 am and CANNOT wake up until Thursday at 4 or 5 am. And sometimes it’s worse. I don’t get up to urinate, eat, or anything. I’m out for 72 sometimes longer. It’s as if I am between death and alive. My dreams feel so real that they will not allow me to wake. My mom, my boyfriend , and also alarm clocks all fail to wake me up. Im getting scared. Really scared, if anyone has any suggestions please reply.

  39. Jill Stewart

    I have read the comments and at long last I hear other people with the same sleep habits as myself. I am not some kind of freak. I would go to sleep at 5pm, when I got back from work . Even though I had 3 alarms clocks going off I would sleep in and be late for work. This can be embarrassing, and people do judge you. I have taken early retirement, and now I am far more relaxed about sleeping for long periods of time. I also have the most amazing dreams often more exciting than my reality. When I was working, instead of a lunch break I would take a power nap. That would sometimes help. Fruit and veg smoothies, coffee and high energy juices were my absolute musts. It can be lonely, especially when colleagues would plan evenings out and you knew there was no way you could stay awake until 10pm!! It’s a stressful condition but knowing I am not the only one makes me smile. Jill x

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