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

The Characteristics of Long Sleepers

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.

How Common is Long Sleeping

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.

Difference Between Long Sleep and Short Sleep

By contrast short sleepers are people who generally sleep less than 6 or 7 hours per night. They often have difficulty sleeping ‘the average’ amount of sleep. Short sleepers feel refreshed and generally do not experience daytime sleepiness with this decreased amount of sleep.

Long Sleeping is Associated With Other Findings

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 sleep disorders uncovered if they exist. In most cases, maintaining a sleep diary will be enough for the doctor to 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 circadian rhythm, 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.

157 thoughts on “Long Sleeping

  1. Jennifer Murdock Reply

    I have always love to sleep in my entire life. Never a “morning person” as my family teases.
    If I go to bed at 8pm or 10pm or 12am the result is still the same… I have great difficulty getting up before 11am and sometimes not till noon or 1pm.
    It has caused me great anxiety my entire life because of jobs or doctors appointments. I panic the night before if I have to be somewhere at 8am and often have just flat out missed work or appointments.
    I now have a job where I do not have to work until 2pm but I don’t understand why it is this way?

  2. Fizz Reply

    I am a 22yo male and I have always had this issue since I was a kid. I needed upwards of 10hrs of sleep before I felt refreshed and energetic. However, as life would have it, I only managed to get 6-8hrs in my teens. Now, as I have full control of my daily routine, I would tend to sleep for 10-12hrs. Some days I would sleep up to 15hrs! It’s reassuring to see that I’m not the only one having this problem.

  3. Bill Eho Reply

    I’ve always been able to sleep for a long time, but the past couple of years I can sleep for 20 + hours easy. In fact, I can sleep for 20 hours on be up for less than 4, and go back to sleep for another 20 for 3 or 4 days in a row. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’m on disability and I’ve got a fair share of medical issues and I’ve just slowly train myself to be able to hibernate basically? Or if there really is some underlying medical condition. As of a few months ago, all my bloodwork is normal everything it’s fine, I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t take narcotic pain medicine, don’t take any benzos oh, I can just sleep and wood probably come close to tying if not shatter a world record if there was one LOL. This is the first time I’m addressing the possible medical issue and it’s because I’ve only been out of bed for 4 hours since Monday night and it’s starting to affect my relationships. my grandmother told me that it was a form of narcolepsy and from what I’m Googling I’m not really saying much. I’m going to consult with my doctor yet again, but they always just seem to brush it off as you need better sleep or something and I’m sure that’s okay in most cases. But, this is something that needs to be addressed and I will see my doctor I’m just hoping for any ideas any suggestions any good doctors in the central Florida area Tampa particularly that accept Medicare. I really like that guy said about the camaraderie with the sleepers

  4. Jan York Reply

    Thank you thank you all for sharing. I too as a little one slept alot. But always woke up in a good mood so I was told. As an adolescent I was dead to the world by 8 pm. As a teen it was 9 pm, which was hard to explain to your girfriend who wanted to go to the midnite showd or talk on the phone all hours of the night. Now that I’m retired I thought yes..finally I can sleep long enough that I wake up refreshed and in a good mood (previous years everyone in my gamily knew not to talk to me or even look at me for an hour or so after I got up in the morning.) But…..my second husband doesn’t understand or won’t and can be very rude about it. HE only sleeps at the most 5 hours a nite and wakes up running. What to do…get divorced?? Don’t think the thought has never crossed my mind….but no I wouldn’t do that to us. So, thank you all for letting me unload. Sincerely sleepy Jan Y.

  5. Gwen Reply

    Since infancy, I have always slept 10-32 hrs straight. On the long sleep days, I don’t wake for anything. In fact, there was a tornado that went thru my city today, and I slept right thru it. I often go to sleep later and later each day/few days. Sometimes I will wake after 5 hrs, feeling refreshed. Other days, I will sleep 18+hrs…such as today, and still feel tired. I use a sleep app called Sleep as Android. I really don’t understand how to read the charts. I’m toying with the idea that I may have Non24, and have an appt with a sleep specialist in 2 days.

  6. Longsleeper Reply

    came across this article when looking for a reason for my long sleep, it can be anywhere between 10 to 15 hours and I have to say, nothings feels better than sleeping long hours. I can skip eating and all other activities just to get my long sleep. I do think it is associated with depression as I take Zoloft 50mg every night but I always had problem waking up in the morning even as a child, I even decided never have any kids as I can’t sacrifice my sleep for anyone also thought my kids may inherit the gene so unfair

  7. Baci Reply

    I am a busy type person with a tendency to have very high expectations about work productivity. I drive myself to the end of my tether. Most of the time, I sleep well. I monitor myself so as not to burn out, which I have done enough times to learn the negative (and sometimes) consequences the hard way. Sometimes, once or twice a year, I’ll sleep 12 – 16 hrs straight which I look upon as a warning sign that I’m ‘trying too hard’ to meet expectations that are unrealistic. Perhaps this is just a rationalization, but it seems to be better than self criticism and worrisome thoughts that there is ‘something’ wrong. The comments and stories on this thread have helped me in that regard. Thanks to all contributors.

  8. Emmalee Reply

    I agree with moving to our own isolated New World, where everyone gets at least 10 hours of sleep every night without judgment! Just let me know when the ship sets sail and I’ll come runnin!

  9. Ella Reply

    I came across this article because I was searching to see if it’s normal to sleep 10 hours a night. If I sleep less than 10 hours I feel sleepy and yawn all day long, but if I sleep 10 hours I feel good. I thought it was something wrong with me so I was wondering if this is normal and I see that others experience this as well. For me is like this: as long as I sleep 10 hours I’m good. If I sleep 6 hours at night, after I take my kids to school, I come back nd sleep 4 more hours. However hours of sleep I lose at night as long as I do the rest during the day, I’m fine. The problem is that a the moment I don’t work, but if I were to work, I would have to go to sleep really early to make sure I sleep 10 hours. Anything less and I’m the biggest bitch, cranky, hungry, no fun at all kind of person. It looks like that’s how I am and and I have to embrace this and roll with it. I see that I’m just a long sleeper, and I’m ok with that. I hope more studies will be done on this issue, I feel like all of us long sleepers should be moved to another part of the world where the world’s schedules are made around our problem and we won’t have to conform to this world’s schedules. That will be awesome! 🙂 Just let us sleep late and when we’ll awake up we’ll be the best people you’ll ever meet. :):):)

  10. Bettyann Reply

    This is great, comrades in sleep! Now I am 60, but even before, it did not occur to me to question why my body wants 9+ but regularly 11-12 hours of sleep – I just need that much sleep. I go to bed at 8 and get up at 7, but this morning 8. It takes me a full hour to wake up. Once awake, I feel like a powerhouse, can do strenuous physical labor for hours on end, way more than others my age. People tell me they are envious that I can sleep that way, they want to do it too. I concur as I credit the way I can sleep to not aging as my friends have. I don’t have three chins, still have good knees, and can play with the grand children for a long time, running and playing at the play ground. Whatever it is, I consider it a blessing except when I can’t sleep at least 9 hours solidly, and am groggy. 11 hours is actually perfect and I make sure I get it every night. All my friends are getting old and I am not! I tell them to sleep! And they say they can’t!

  11. James C Brogan Reply

    I’m relieved to find others have this same situation. I am a 51 year old male, I had my thyroid irradiated ~ 25 years ago making me hypothyroid. I fought with my doctor about being chronically tired because I thought it was due to my thyroid meds being low. I also have chronic anxiety and depression for over 20 years and am on Prozac & Wellbutrin (have been on Lexapro for a long time as well). I have psoriatic & rheumatoid arthritis am on Talz & Sulfasalazine. I went through a sleep study and found that I have very low level apnea but can’t get used to the CPAP machine so do without it. I feel best when I get 10-12 hours of sleep. For 30 years of work, I slept 6-8 hours and always felt tired. I would sleep on the weekend for 12-14 hours and feel better, and then do the same thing next week. I think this is all somehow related to autoimmune disorders. It is difficult to get this amount of sleep and also work and have a normal life. There just isn’t enough time in the day. Anyway, I think I’m part of the group and feel a little better that it may not be just me.

    • Lynn B Reply

      I have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and I take an anticonvulsant (seizure-free for 14 yrs). I experience a “long-sleep” episode every few weeks and I was afraid it was related to my epilepsy. I appreciate this article; now I can relax about my long sleep nights

  12. Sleepless Reply

    Wow i never realized so many others had these issues. Im lucky and learned to work for myself and make my own schedule after loosing many jobs when i was younger for being late all the time. I am consistently awake for 24 to 30 hours then sleep for 12 to 18 hours. I wake up not knowing for sure the day but i always feel rested and have plenty of energy it just sucks because every few days i sleep the day away. I have wonderful self control but this is something i can not get under control. If i dont sleep at least 12 hours i am falling asleep when i should be awake and am tired literally all the time. Drives me nuts. Thankfully i have learned to live with it. My family not so much :/

  13. Sabrina Reply

    After reading through half of these comments, I felt compelled to add my own experience.
    I’ve been a long sleeper my entire life. As a child, I suffered from extreme anxiety that would keep me awake. I would hide under the covers with a flashlight or inside my closet reading books until 2-3am when I had school the next morning. Needless to say, the public school system made me permanently sleep deprived. From my understanding, children and teenagers need on average more sleep than adults.
    During my teen years, the same situation continued with staying up late on school nights. Only at this time, I began sleeping 12-15 hours a night on the weekends to catch up.
    As an adult, this developed into non 24 hour sleep wake disorder due to my long sleeping. Let me explain:
    One day I sleep 12 hours and wake up at 2pm. Thus I am charged and able to stay awake another 16 hours until 6am. Then I sleep 15 hours walking at 11pm. This cycle continues around and around with me waking and sleeping at various times. My body has zero internal clock.

    I blame this completely on the fact that the public school system has zero sympathy for those with irregular sleep patterns. I believe I would have been a natural 12am-8am sleeper had it not been for the mistakes in my schedule. We’re not weird, just suffering from being forced to conform to a schedule that our body doesn’t work with.

    Thank you.

  14. Gwendolyn Reply

    I have been experiencing long sleeping since birth. My mom has always told me that even as an infant, she had to wake me to feed me, change me and play with me. I can easily sleep 10-16 hrs EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT. I also have excessive daytime drowsiness. At least once every few weeks I will have a sleep marathon where I sleep for 24-32 hrs straight. People will “wake me” and I’ll have a conversation with them, but totally not remember it. I go right back to sleep and simply can not wake tf up!! It is ruining my life!! I have daytime sleep attacks where I just can’t stay awake. I HAVE to go to sleep, even after 12 hrs of sleep. I also fall asleep in public (dr offices, anywhere quiet for 10 mins). It totally embarrasses my family.

  15. Melissa levatino Reply

    Hi, I am 35yrs old and for about 5 yrs now I have been sleeping alot. I mean more than a normal person should. It started as I would just take naps during the day. I would wake at 6-7am then around 12/1 I would fall asleep, I’d wake back up a few hours later around 4 or 5 then finally go to bed around 7. Now it’s gotten worse. I now wake at 4am. I’ll stay up until around 2 or 3pm but then fall asleep and not wake up until 4am. the next morning. It doesn’t happen every day but it happens about 4-5 days out of the week. I’m very frustrated with this. I have 3 kids 2 10yr olds and a 5yr old. And me sleeping too much is highly affecting the way I should be caring for them and I feel like I’m just a horrible mother now bcuz I can’t care for them or do stuff with them like I used to. My youngest is used to it but my two oldest aren’t. I have yet to see a doctor about this, I think I’m just scared of what they’ll say. If you have this issue and know what might be causing it, advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks

  16. Steve Reply

    I worked a s a ski patrol and I would have to wake up at 6 AM to be at work for 8 AM. If I went to bed at 10 I would fall asleep fast but be tired in the morning 8 hours of sleep. So I would go to bed at 8 PM fall asleep fast and wake up at 6 AM. Feeling great with lots of energy.if I sleep 8 hours I am groggy and have less motivation. i regularly sleep nine to ten hours every night and feel great. If I sleep eight hours it will be a bad day for me. I need 9 hours minimum or im not going to function well. I can easily sleep 11 hours if im left alone and the room is dark. I have on many occasion gone to bed at midnight and slept till noon the next day with out waking up once. Thing is when I sleep 8 hours or less I wake up tired and will be tired all day. When I sleep 9 to 10 hours I wake up refreshed and I am never tired all day.

  17. Erin Reply

    I’ve always slept naturally 11-14 hours if there is nothing to wake me up like an alarm. I’m also always been quite introverted and even anxious and depresses etc and I always assumed I slept more because I was anxious and sometimes depressed, however due to circumstance last year I didn’t have to wake so early so I always got around 12 hours of sleep a night for 12 months. Suddenly I wasn’t anxious or depressed, I was happy! Makes me consider if I’ve just been sleep deprived my whole life. Unfortunately I’m back to early starts and 5-7 hours of sleep and as socially awkward, anxious and depressed as ever! Yay for me..

    • Margaret Scully Reply

      I think this is an overlooked problem, I’ve always called myself a night person, I hope we can study this more

  18. Stacy Juliano Reply

    I used to do the same thing and found out I had narcolepsy, which doesn’t always mean you fall asleep randomly. But get a sleep test for that. I just slept 3 days in a row but that’s because I didn’t take my meds. Nuvigl has changed my life as long as I take it. But I’m crazy so sometimes I stop taking my meds. But there is a huge difference when I get back on them. It usually takes a week to kick in. Good luck. I’m off of here and found this site by accident so I highly doubt I’ll be back.

  19. Samantha Reply

    I’m a 32 year old woman and I’ve been like this my entire life, when I was a kid I would be forced to get up left to my own devices I can sleep up to 18 hours, I’ve been having an episode of this for around 3 weeks now. I’m already on Prozac and busbar even without meds I’m the same way. The other day I went to bed at 11pm and woke up at 7pm the next day. This is insane. Does anyone have any advice I usually chalk it up to depression. My alarm going off doesn’t help me wake up either or I’ll here it and just keep pressing snooze until it gives up. This is ruining my life.

  20. Bill Reply

    Well I guess i finally figured myself out. I have been a “long sleeper” since i can remember, since childhood for sure. Unless I have worked a grueling hard day (i’m a roofer by trade) i cant get to sleep until 11-12..i have to force myself into bed by ten to hope to be asleep by 11. Then I never want to wake up until at least 8…and on the weekends especially sunday forget it ill sleep until 12 easily. I just don’t want to wake up the sleep feels good. I’ve been thinking maybe its depression or something but I guess maybe thats just me, im a long sleeper. When i do finally wake up though i’m super refreshed and very productive during the day.

    • Van Horne Reply

      That’s normal Bill. Long sleepers need 10-12 hours of sleep each night. And if you’re sleeping in till 12 on Sunday, that’s also normal as your brain is catching up. If you’re getting 8 hours a night, you’re lucky! If you’re getting less, that explains why you’re sleeping in on Sunday.

  21. John Adcock Reply

    I think there’s long sleepers and then this…. I can not sleep. I’ve been a night owl for my whole life. I will stay up 2-3 days (3 being on the rare side) but boy when I pass out im OUT. I’ll sleep for 14-18 hours and then repeat the cycle. I don’t know what you would call this issue but it sucks! Really affects my life everyday. Oh and if I take sleep aids… lol… I will not wake up on time, even with my atomic bomb alarm and bed vibrating thing. Melatonin doesn’t work at all no matter how long I lay there in the dark with my eyes shut. Anyone have this issue or find ways to correct it? Advice?

    • Anonymous Reply

      Have you been tested for anxiety disorders? Sometimes when your serotonin levels get too low your body keeps you brain too active to sleep. Certain foods & working out daily helps, but Zoloft or Prozac may be a big help for you. Just a thought. I’ve had issues like yours before & mine was related to anxiety.

      • Stacy Juliano Reply

        I have narcolepsy but can’t fall to sleep when I’m trying. I know that sounds incorrect but it’s not. Also anxiety and depression. I’m on Prozac, nuvigl and Xanax for anxiety and sleep. Plus if they give you Xanax and hydroxyzine you should be able to sleep 3 or 4 hours. If you have insurance insist they give you the over night sleep study and then keep you the next day and make you take naps. It took me about 10 years and many Drs before I was sent to the sleep study. But depression and anxiety are huge things to deal with. So get that checked 1st. It should be free. Good luck. If you have any questions let me know? I’m 39 and have had so many Drs say it was nothing. Oh, if you could take Ambien or lunesta those are good. I personally ate and got booty with my ex hubby and don’t remember it on lunesta. On Ambien I apparently like to drive and don’t remember. So if they give you lunesta or Ambien have someone you trust over. Holy shit, sorry for the novel. Bye.

  22. Laura Reply

    My husband and 3 of my 9 children are long sleepers. When we first got married, I thought he was extremely lazy. His dad pulled me off to the side when dating and told me he had a sleeping problem. I dismissed it thinking it was just related to growing and being a teen. But now 30 years later, he really has slept half of his life away. He is able to go to work in a timely manner, but he sleeps 2 hours when he gets home. It averages to about 10-12 hours a day of sleep. My long sleeping children are also the same way. The one that goes to college can sleep 14 hours on off days. I do wonder if their bodies produce too much melatonin. I am looking in to blood tests to see if they have thalassemia.

  23. Trenton Bartelson Reply

    I am desperately looking for an answer to this right here if you can help or give a suggestion I would appreciate it thank you.

    Ever since I was young my parents would open my door and yell or speak to me sleeping away would it hear it wouldn’t budge at all alarm going off would hear it go off but couldn’t bring myself to turn it off. Would have to get like water poured on to me to wake up completely.

    I am 21 2 kids and a wife, I work from 2:30pm to 4am most days weekends off. If it wasn’t for my wife I would lose this jobs just I have lost all my others because I could bring my self to wake up in time I would set 10 to 20 alarms would hear them turn them off and fall back to sleep hard. My wife has to fight with me everyday to get my out off bed. She would pull the covers off the bed take the pillows from me yell at me nothing sleep at most wake up for 3 seconds yell back fall asleep. It is taking a toll on my marriage I love my wife and kids don’t want to lose anything I have in my life. But I good to bed at 5am sleep till 1 only because my wife gets me up. On weekends I go to bed by midnight but almost don’t want to get up or roll out of bed till 430 to 7pm the only times I can seem to get up on my own in only couple of hours is if I take a nap on the couch may be because it is uncomfortable but I want to only sleep 8 hours get up and enjoy my days but I can only ejoy my nights while she’s alseep and my kids are asleep I want to wake up in the morning with them and see my kids go to school in the morning I barely get to see my kids when I go to work there napping when I come home there sleeping when they get up in the morning I’m sleeping I just want help don’t know what to do anymore

    • jillociraptor Reply

      Dude I’m the exact same way. I’ve almost lost multiple jobs for arriving late so often. I’ve done everything I can think of to force myself out of bed – three separate alarm clocks; alarms that make you answer crazy math questions; a timed, rigged coffee pot that will spill hot coffee everywhere if I don’t get up and find the pot and place it in time; my friends calling me and yelling at me for five full minutes; my boyfriend literally rolling me out of bed; even handfuls of straight coffee beans with the hope of caffeine waking me. In each and every situation, I do what I need to do and then crawl back into bed and sleep again. I’ve never understood what “waking up refreshed” means, and if I have nothing to do one day, I will sleep from midnight until 8pm no problem – the only thing to get me out of bed is my bladder about to burst and a horrible dehydration headache. I have gone days without eating simply because I don’t want to get out of bed to make food. I don’t have children, but I know what you mean about this severe FOMO, I feel like I’m wasting away my life and missing out on everything. Literally everyone (except my sisters and my boyfriend, who have had to share bedrooms with me and seen my issues firsthand) thinks I’m just lazy. The worst thing that has happened was I got a referral to a sleep doctor, because finally my primary doc understood that this was a serious issue. But then the sleep doctor LITERALLY said “Oh you’re sleeping too much? Well you just need to go to bed and get out of bed at the same time every day, no problem.” Didn’t suggest a sleep study or hormone tests or anything – she even ended up saying that I taper off my antidepressants for some reason (I’m on Prozac, which ironically is actually FDA-approved to treat narcolepsy because it is stimulating, not sleep-promoting, so I dont know wtf she was thinking). Basically, even a sleep doctor told me I’m just lazy. It was horrible and embarrassing, and discouraged me from getting help so much that a month later, things got even worse and I fell asleep while driving. Now I’m talking to another doctor, and finally getting a sleep study done, hopefully to find out if I have sleep apnea or narcolepsy.

      All that to say, I know what you’re going through dude, and it sucks so bad. I’m sorry. Don’t let people call you lazy, don’t let doctors dismiss you, don’t get discouraged. This is a legitimate problem, and if we remember that, we can find a solution.

  24. Kristen Reply

    I’m 24 and I’ve always been a long sleeper, but I’ve also always been a night person. I have so much energy at night and like to wait to do any school work or house work until night time. I absolutely hate waking up early (which for me, is before 11 AM). But I find that even when I go to bed early and get a full 8 hours, I still don’t like waking up early. I’d much rather go to bed at 3 AM and sleep until 1 PM. Anyway, because normal human life requires waking early for school and work, I’ve just gotten used to getting 4-5 hours of sleep per night, leaving me exhausted during the day. If I get the time to take a nap after school, it ends up being 2-3 hours long. And then to make up for my lack of sleep during the week, I can easily sleep 12 hours of the weekend. When I’m able to sleep without an alarm clock, I usually sleep 10 hours and won’t wake up any sooner. My friends think I’m crazy and it’s actually annoying because I wish I was someone who woke up energized and ready for the day at 6 AM. Anyone else have this problem?

    • Sharon J Graham Reply

      I’ve been a long sleeper most of my life, and I too am a night person. Now that I’m retired, I stay up into the morning hours and sleep until after noon.
      Not good for a social life, but changing would be stressful.
      I also ended up choosing jobs that had evening hours.

    • Anonymous Reply

      Exactly the same it’s so annoying almost like I have no control over it

  25. Maria Mccloud Reply

    I am 26, super active, and super healthy, but was tired of being tired. I would wake up at 5:30am and be in bed at 6pm. Whenever we were in the car, I would fall asleep automatically. My lovely husband had to drive me everywhere except from work and back.
    When I was 19 I even fell asleep at the shell and crashed. At the time I thought it was from working two jobs and going to college. I never went to get it checked. 7 years later to today I decided to see a doctor and was given a night and day sleep study. Nothing is wrong with me! I am perfectly healthy, and actually went to sleep every nap and I’m talking about REM sleep. This upset me because my sleeping problems affected my standard of living and ability to be the mom and wife I needed to be. My doctor explained my body naturally just wants more sleep. To counter that he prescribed Provigil to me. 100-200 mg in the morning and again mid day. I take it when I feel I need it and can choose not to take it. It’s been 3 months and I feel refreshed and so thankful to finally have my life back.

  26. AJ Reply

    I sleep for 30+ hours quite often. I just call it a deep charge. I feel incredible upon waking from those.

  27. Gayle White Reply

    I go through this in cycles. I have chronic pain from a MVA 28 years ago. Anytime my pain gets out of control for more than a day or two, long sleep periods follow. Sometimes for several months. I believe it’s my body’s way of telling me “Hey, I need to get this pain under control & heal up a bit!” After years of trying to fight the long sleep periods, I just listen to my body & go with the flow. Getting my pain back under control & the extra sleep usually gets me back to my normal 8-9hr sleep schedule. I’ve been taking kratom for pain for several years now & this is managing my pain far better than any pain med as I can control the dose.

    I just wanted to address this issue for those of us living with chronic pain. We can have problematic sleep cycles that only exacerbate our condition. Fighting your body’s need for rest & sleep inly makes it worse!

    • cece Reply

      Same with me: chronic pain that I treat during day with norco, lidocaine patches, advil and if I’m up to it, walking a mile (moderate to fast); seems walking helps alleviate the pain a bit, but more so, lessens the depression (mild) I experience having chronic cervical neck disorders (drunk driver re-ended me at a red stop light 27 years ago) I’ve noticed my long-sleeping habits (that really annoy my hubby and family) started about 10 years ago (I’m retired and 66) So finding this forum has been a godsend! I don’t feel so alone; and yes, I am most def an introvert!

  28. Whitney Reply

    This is totally me. There is nothing worse about this problem than the guilt. I can’t add anything extra to my life, as i can barely make time for the basics. I feel like a terrible mother. I am so scared to let my kids sign up for extra curricular activities because I dont know if I will be able to handle it. When my youngest was a baby, I got off work and picked her up from daycare, and she was sick. I usually would put her to bed at 7 and go have a coffee with my friend. I decided to bring her with me because she was so sick, but when I got to the coffee shop, i was so tired that I ran in to get a coffee and forgot that I brought her and left her in the car! I got arrested and was charged with endangering a child. I feel so scared to say yes to events in fear that my tiredness will cause something terrible to happen. I’ve been called lazy, and even been made fun of for going to bed at 8. I hate having this problem so much. The guilt and shame is overwhelming

    • Christa Reply

      You would leave your baby at home alone and go have a coffee? That’s a crime too!.

  29. April Hedgpeth Reply

    My issues seems to be different than what has been listed. I find myself sleeping as much as 24 to 36 hours straight on weekends when I am off work and have no other obligations. I do not take anything to help me sleep and in fact am unable to take my daily medications that I should be taking because I am asleep. By the time I come to I have had a lot of vivid dreams of almost feeling like I have lived a whole separate life from my reality. I am also a smoker and have been able to go 24 to 36 hour without smoking and not craving it or make me wake up to have a cigarette . This has brought much concern to my family because of me falling into such deep sleep patterns for such a length of time that I can’t even explain. Again this happens about once maybe twice a month on weekend’s and there are no other circumstances as far as me being sick or on a different medication, it’s just me falling asleep at 10 on a Friday and not waking up until two on Saturday to go to the bathroom and then sleeping through the next day until around 2 pm which is what happened over this past weekend. I don’t understand what causes it, all I know is when I’m asleep and someone tries to wake me I feel like I am almost anesthetized. It scares me to know that I have no control over waking myself up. Is there any one that has experienced anything similar to my issues? My issues seems to be different than what has been listed. I find my self sleeping as much as 24 to 36 hours straight but not staying up in excess (i.e. 24-48 hours without sleep) for days before or after this experience. It scares me because it doesn’t make sense to me as to why my body does this for no apparent reason. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

  30. Melissa Reply

    I’ve had this problem as long as I can remember. My parents had absolute hell trying to get me up for school as a kid. I sleep like a rock. It sometimes takes an hour or better for someone to wake me up & alarms don’t even phase me. I have an alarm clock called a Screaming Meanie. It’s 1.5 decibels & I sleep right through it. I will wake up after sleeping through it with my ears hurting from sleeping through it for so long. I’ve had a sleep study done & they have found nothing else wrong. My body just wants more sleep. When I build up a “sleep debt”, I finally just have to crash sometimes for up to a full day but I awake from that feeling so much better.
    I physically cannot wake up on my own unless I’ve slept enough. I’ve lost 2 jobs because of this & have just found it best to work 2nd or 3rd shifts. I typically go to work around 5pm & am off work by midnight. My kids have learned certain ways to wake me up & I have a really hard time getting up to get them to school on time. I have found it easier to just stay awake until it’s time to get them up & then crash until they get home in the afternoons. I have been accused of ‘just being lazy’ by family, even after being diagnosed as having long sleeper syndrome. There really needs to be more research done on this so we can really get some kind of relief because it really does take a toll on you, your work, & your relationships.

  31. Peter Reply

    I wish I could sleep, since a teenager I only get on average of 6 hrs sleep, that’s a good night. It creates a long day awake, I wish I could sleep more , I’m 65 now, and have no less or more

  32. Cassandra Reply

    I sleep up to 36 hours straight every other day. Awake 36, asleep 36. Sleep study found 0% REM sleep. This is nuts!

  33. Sadie Reply

    I am 64 and also have developed a need for more sleep that I don’t understand. I have few obligations that require early rising since retiring from day shift job 2 years ago. I usually go to sleep at 3 am and sleep until 2pm, sometimes longer. I awaken many times and then fall right back to sleep again even if it’s 3 or 4pm. I have very vivid dreams during the daytime hours when I’m asleep. I often tell myself In the dream that I am indeed dreaming and I will wake up and the scary stuff will end. I still have little energy and feel guilty. It is hard to visit relatives who think I’m lazy. I’m glad that I’m not alone in this. Thanks!

    • Sleeper Reply

      Hi Sadie
      I was also very glad to come across this article. I have always been a “long sleeper”. My relatives also think I am lazy and unmotivated, or just don’t care about them.
      I envy those who sleep 7 hours and feel great! I wish I was one of those people. I can’t even think straight and get terrible headaches when I don’t sleep enough.
      I feel like I underachieve in life because I sleep so much. I have come to accept this. I am doing my best and that is all any of us can do.
      I have found that working nights is best for me. That way I don’t have to rush around with the mob and if I sleep more than others I can point to my “irregular schedule” as the reason I have to miss certain social functions. It is basically impossible to get people to believe I need this much sleep and am not depressed or sick.
      Everyone has a “solution” for me.
      I have discussed this with my Dr. and a thorough examination reveals I am in basic very good health.
      I am glad to hear I am not the only person out there with the need for more sleep. It makes me feel “normal”, whatever that is. Honestly, there is so much emphasis on when people must sleep and for how much time. I just do my best with the body I have.
      Peace to you Sadie.

      • Sharon J Graham Reply

        I’m so much like you, and an active dreamer. I stay up into morning hours and sleep into the afternoon. Anyone who says “Let’s do lunch” doesn’t know me. This leaves me alone a lot, with little social life. But I’ve adjusted.
        I wish I could be a ‘morning’ person sometimes, but that will never happen.

  34. Ashley Reply

    My boyfriend has more recently become concerned with my sleep habits so if course I turn to google to help. I am in college and I don’t have very many friends here yet so this lets my sleep habits loose. Since there is really no one here to make plans with to get me awake, I sleep as long as I want. Just the other night I went to bed around 3am and woke up at 10 so I got 7 hours which is normal but I was exhausted. Later that day after class I decided to take a nap which ended up being a 5 hour nap. Most of my friends can barely nap for an hour but all of mine are at least 3 hours. And last night I went to sleep at around 2:30am and just woke up at 4:30pm. And I could have gone back to sleep but my boyfriend told me to get up.

  35. Dian williams Reply

    I am 68 have sleep apnea and have used a machine for 3 years with not a lot of difference in deep dream sleep. I have stopped using the machine and now find of late I am sleeping 13 to 14 hours nightly waking for 3 to four then back to sleep for another 2 to 3 hours. I am sleeping my life away however this sleep is deep and with dreams and I am feeling more relaxed and rested than I have been in 40 years or so. My husband is worried says it’s not normal. He is 75 sleeps 5 hours and does all the house and yard work as well as the cooking and shopping. I read, sleep, mind my 7 month old grand bub for a few hours on a Monday and Friday, and watch mid day movie. I have to push myself for 1 day a week 8 to 10 hours selling for a large retailer. Return home exhausted looking forward to my week of deep sleep and rest. Anybody got any ideas why please love to hear.

  36. Nicki Reply

    I am finding that I am requiring more sleep now in my sixties. I also slept long hours as a teenager and understand that it was natural as we grow through adolescence. As an adult from my twenties on to my fifties, I only needed 6 to7 hours of sleep and was on a very regular routine: in bed by 10pm and up before 5am for my run. This was my routine for more than 27 years. In the last 10 years I’ve experienced two concussions which I think I am now recovered from now. However wonder if it is related? I am still working in my profession however I do find it very difficult to go at the speed I used to and decision making is at times difficult. I work in a creative field which requires for me to develop new ideas. This too I wonder if it has an impact on my sleep being longer. I would love to go back to my old routine of 6-7 house of sleep. There is still much I want to do.

  37. Ruby Reply

    I seem to regularly need 10 hours now and take ages to wake up properly. I’m 63 and not in paid work. When I was working was up with the alarm no problem and into work for an 8am start. I really was a morning person – hence so confused that I now need so much sleep

  38. Tricia Reply

    I am so happy I found this! I have been dealing with this long sleeping thing forever. I require a minimum of 10 hours to feel well rested. I can easily sleep 12+ hours though. I have so much trouble waking up to alarms and have to set multiple alarms to make sure I actually get up. I am the mom to 13 year old twins and I struggle to get out of bed to get them ready for school and drive them in and as soon as I get home I go back to sleep. If I don’t go back to sleep, I am miserable and exhausted all day. Luckily i work later in the day because I give piano lessons. I use to be a school teacher but I stopped teaching when I had my daughters. Over the years my need for sleep has seemed to intensify. I keep thinking about going back to teaching in a school, but the thought of having to get up early every day is daunting. It has affected my quality of life. I never want to do morning activities. Friends and family joke that I’m lazy or love to sleep. I don’t “love” to sleep, I “need” to sleep. I’d give anything to be one of those people who sleeps 7 hours and then bounces out of bed fully energized and ready to start the day! People make snarky comments all the time and I get so insulted. I have so much guilt and shame and embarrassment over my long hours of sleep. I feel like a bad mom and an unproductive person. I’ve done sleep studies to make sure I don’t have sleep apnea. I’ve been to so many doctors and specialists. None seem to know what’s wrong or how to fix it. One doctor told me to just set my alarm and get up and don’t go back to sleep. But here’s my second problem – I have epilepsy. The seizures only happen in my sleep. Fatigue and sleep deprivation triggers the seizures. So I could wake myself up and stay awake and be miserable all day long, but then I’ll almost certainly have a seizure the following night. I wish there was a magic pill to take and I wish there was more known about this disorder. I read that it only affects 2% of the population. It’s nice to know I’m not alone in this. If anyone on here finds herbal remedies or any more info, please share because I’m willing to try anything at this point.

    • Frieda Reply

      I ampleased to find all of you and to know I am not alone. In my 60s, I now need 12 hours a night, sometimes 14. I don’t get a lot done, yet I don’t consider long sleep a disorder. My sleep is deep, without interruptions, accompanied by intense dreams, mostly from heaven, sometimes from hell, and like another writer told us, I believe my dreams are my other world, to the point where this waking world is the dream.

      I’ve been so lucky not to have to report to an employer. I cannot imagine the struggle of young parents. I don’t go to parties, go out dancing, attend evening movies. When others hint that I’m a social misfit, or don’t live up to potential, I ignore them. This is not a choice, but its not a problem either. But I am a little jealous of people who can work at night or dance till two.
      I sleep more in the winter, from last light to first. It may be that this is the “normal” pattern in the times before electricity. Researchers have found that people used to enjoy a long sleep, then an interregnum for making love or doing chores, and then a little sleep till dawn, a pattern that lessened in time as midsummer approached. In experiments they cut off electricity for 30 days, allowing the test group only natural light, and this is what happened. In a sense, the long sleepers are attuned to a more natural rhythm. I liketo think so, and that the other 98% are dazed, ill rested, and have been duped into thinking that its normal to party on forever or put in an 80 hour week.

      Thanks for listening.
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      • Sharon J Graham Reply

        Frieda, I’m with you. I have copious dreams. I sleep until mid afternoon, get up slowly and do house and yard chores, feed my furries. I’m retired and love it!
        What’s the fun in all that hustle and bustle anyway?

  39. Alexander Reply

    I’ve been sleeping for 12-14 hours a night since childhood, and I don’t know what to do, it’s resulted in me being late for work and not being able to pick up the phone when people are calling to check in on me when I miss work or school. the other symptoms I have are the very vivid dreams, depression and anxiety on some days, deja-Vu with things on a daily basis and being sore and tired even after sleeping for so long, I don’t know if there is a way to prevent this from happening, alarms won’t wake me up, I’ve asked people to come wake me up and the noise from the door doesn’t phase me at all.

  40. Janet Reply

    My parents have always laughed and just said I was lazy because most nights if I’m not interrupted I sleep for very long periods of time. 2 nights ago I slept for 18 hours. Totally missed the day away. This has been happening all my life. I, especially when i was younger, but also now, have very vivid dreams, mainly nightmares. When i was younger I had the same recurring nightmare for 2 years. Although I can sleep like this I have become aware that I shouldnt take naps during the day. Everytime I take naps I gets sleep paralysis. I am not really an introvert and love going out a meeting ppl. I do have depression, anxiety, PTSD, and some others though. It truly feels like I’m just sleeping my life away. It’s hard to even hang with friends bcus I’m just so tired. Not so much right now but a year back or so I was having very werid sleep problems where I would be sleeping but also aware of what’s going on around my house, like I could hear ppl downstairs, however, I was also aware that I was dreaming and just couldn’t wake up. I would be in my head like omg just wake up but instead I was stuck watching a random dream play out in my head. I dont think this is normal????

  41. Dawn Reply

    Can sleep a LOT. Articles above are interesting. So long sleeping can be a thing for some people. Sounds like diet can help. Good to know. I also have tried to fight it. Sometimes tired of fighting it.

  42. Jules Reply

    I’ve always been a long sleeper. I’m a 17 year old guy. My parents have always accepted the fact that I’m a long sleeper.I have never had any mental issues, nor have I had any health issues. I’m fit and toned, and I exercise a lot when I’m awake. I used to sleep for 14 hours a night between the ages of 12-15. I used to go to bed at 6:00, and wake up at 8:00. I managed to arrive at school on time and I still did quite well. The teachers at school never knew that I had an undiagnosed sleeping disorder. I’m a very deep sleeper.

    Being a long sleeper isn’t affecting my life at the moment. I go to bed at 8:15, fall asleep at around 8:30, and I get up at 6:30. I used to go to bed at 8:00 during the holidays and get up at around 1:00. I was fatigued and exhausted if I got less than 14 hours of sleep a night, and I felt well rested and refreshed after sleeping for at least 14 hours. I felt well rested after sleeping for 16 hours during the holidays. I started to need less sleep before I turned 16, and I started feeling refreshed after sleeping for 11 hours a night. Now I can even sleep for 9 hours and feel tired, but not to bad. I need around 10-11 hours of sleep a night.

    The cause of needing a lot of sleep is unknown. It’s best to go to bed as early as possible, and sleep as much as you need to. That’s what I do, and I manage my long sleeper syndrome quite well.

  43. colleen Reply

    I am glad to find this. I have been a sleeper all my life I think we should get a web page and with enough people trying to find help we could get some answers. I know that vitamins help a lot and the more sun I get the better I feel. I also have trying Astro projection. and sounds like a lot of you do it with out knowing what it is. I’m thinking that many our body’s make to much melitonion. I probably spelled that wrong. any way we need to find out what it is that’s making us sleep our life away.- give me about a month and than email me and I will find out how to get us all together to figure this Mistry out so we can have a
    good life. my dad used to tell people that I always get my nap over with before I get up so that I could be up for all day.

    • Tricia Oporto Reply

      Colleen,
      I noticed your post is from November and you mentioned people should email you in a month to see if you’ve found out anything. I was just curious how you’re doing and if you’ve discovered anything about melatonin being related to this disorder. I was also wondering if you started a web page. If you ever have more info or start a page, please let me know.
      Trish

  44. Billy Reply

    With my situation, I just graduated high school and got a factory job 3 months ago, working 12 hour shifts from 3am-3pm, Sun-Mon. Since I love video games and watching youtube, I typically stay up to about 10 or 11pm, only getting 2 to 3 hours of sleep a day, and usually I can function just fine on that amount of sleep, although a bit groggy, but I have never let myself fall asleep at work. I usually drink lots of pepsi, and some iced coffee if I’m really tired. Anyways, when my two day weekend rolls around on friday and saturday, I sleep a lot, just last night I slept from 5pm to 7:30am this morning. I feel great, and actually had a dream that I woke up earlier and walked around, then I woke up for real haha. The most I’ve slept is 16 hours as a young teen, but I usually sleep naturally for about 12 hours.

    • Kayla Reply

      Hello, I’m Kayla and I’m 27. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder along with major depressive disorder. Since I was about 18 or 19 (I don’t remember my sleep patterns before that other then sleep walking which stopped at about 14 or 15) when I realized that I needed to sleep an excessive amount of hours which can vary from 12 to 16 hours about 5 days a week and 9 to 10 for the other 2 days a week with a 2 hour plus nap in the day. The strange thing is I find it hard to sleep at night or to fall asleep almost every night. When my sleep gets interrupted by someone trying to get me up I just can’t, I’m so overly fatigued and can’t help but fall back asleep. I’ve also began to have episodes of false awakening and sleep paralysis with very little bouts of hallucinations upon awakening within the last 3 years which have been very scary and unpleasant. I haven’t been seen for my sleep habits or episodes but I do want to know what’s going on at some point, right now I’m focusing on a another health problem already involving my back, but does this sound like anything to anyone or is it just the depression?

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