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Addiction to sleep





quex
I like sleeping. I prefer going to bed early and getting up late when it doesn't interfere with something I have to do. I like sleeping more than playing video games, watching television, or going out. I even skip meals to sleep. If I have a few free hours on the weekend, I look forward to using them for a nap. If I have a whole free day, I might not get up until late afternoon. Sometimes I get vivid dreams close to the end of a 12+ hour sleeping binge -- they are incredible; something close to what I imagine an opiate high would be like.

I don't want to be lazy, but when it comes down to it, I really enjoy sleeping more than any "normal" recreational activities. Could this be an addiction? Some symptom of a medical problem? Or am I just plain lazy? ;_; I'd appreciate any knowledge as well as opinions, please.
brokenadvice
If you are consistently sleeping 12+ hours a night, it might be an actual problem, But most everyone needs more sleep than they actually get (Thus saith me at 11:30 on a school night)
nisibdv
Oh yes man, I like sleeping a lot too. A month ago I went to the doctor and made me blood analyses and all that and said me i am OK, but i still like sleep (not problem with sleeping 12 hours). The only problems with sleeping that much is that it prevents you from doing the things a living person is suppoused to do.
woundedhealer
There are several medical conditions which cause you to sleep a lot, but as you go to bed to sleep rather than fall asleep in a chair, I don't think you have anything to worry about. Cannabis can cause you to sleep a lot and a poor diet can cause you to have a lack of energy, but as you haven't said you feel tired all the time, it's not likely to be diet related. Depression can cause people to sleep a lot.

Many teenagers tend to sleep a lot, so if you're in your teens your acting in a typical way. I think you need to find something different you can look forward to doing. Although I don't think this can be an addiction as with an addiction you have to completly give up what you're addicted to, you're going to need willpower just like an addict does, to change your lifestyle. Also like an addict, you need to sleep less for yourself, not because someone else wants you to.
quex
nisibdv wrote:
The only problems with sleeping that much is that it prevents you from doing the things a living person is suppoused to do.


Yeah, that's what I'm worried about, too. I mean, I imagine it's debilitating to the body to spend so much time in a state of inactivity. Furthermore, I remember reading a report a few years back that linked oversleeping to a shorter average lifespan. (Causality was never determined.)

But I still like sleep. ;_;
quex
woundedhealer wrote:
There are several medical conditions which cause you to sleep a lot, but as you go to bed to sleep rather than fall asleep in a chair, I don't think you have anything to worry about. Cannabis can cause you to sleep a lot and a poor diet can cause you to have a lack of energy, but as you haven't said you feel tired all the time, it's not likely to be diet related. Depression can cause people to sleep a lot.

Many teenagers tend to sleep a lot, so if you're in your teens your acting in a typical way. I think you need to find something different you can look forward to doing. Although I don't think this can be an addiction as with an addiction you have to completly give up what you're addicted to, you're going to need willpower just like an addict does, to change your lifestyle. Also like an addict, you need to sleep less for yourself, not because someone else wants you to.


o.o!

This is the second time you've given me such good advice. Thank you kindly! I didn't consider the diet situation, but now that you've mentioned it, I think that might be the problem. I've been trying to drink more caffeine to counteract my desire to nap, but in the process, I think I might be screwing myself over with the sugar I put in the coffee. Do you know what sort of diet helps a person to feel more energetic? I mean, avoiding sugar is probably obvious, but should one try to eat more protein, or less calories...?
annapurnatraders
http://www.oleda.com/oleda_tips/tips.asp?dept=52

check this site. Its got really good tips on diet and how much sleep do you need and why.
xxx
crimson_aria
that is where we're different. xD I don't like sleep. eerr, I mean, I do like sleep. but I prefer to stay awake cause I feel like I'm missing a lot of things by sleeping. it's like, I'd choose to stay awake as long as I can. x__x i know that's wrong, but.. =___= I do get the normal 8 hours of sleep when it's vacation though, but when there's school, it's impossible. i just can't cram in all the things I wanna do in 24 hours.


anyway, I hope you'll be able to clear your sleeping problems. ^^
urbanbuddha
Honestly, if the average person spends 1/3 of their life sleeping, would you want to spend more time sleeping?

In my opinion, I like being awake and experience the world as it is (to some degree).
woundedhealer
The best diet is a well balanced one. Try and stay away from processed foods if you can and food with lots of additives in. If you get a good cook book you'll find it's not hard to make good healthy meals, and it's cheaper than ready meals which are loaded with additives. Here in the Uk the government gives a guide line called Five A Day, which means we should aim for 5 helping of veg/fruit a day, and no, potato products don't count as one of your five a day.
If you can afford it, organic food is tastier and healthier. lean meat and fish is healthy, lots of red meat isn't.
When people hear what I feed my dog, they say she eats better than they do. She has rice, white meat (raw) and five vegetables. Everyone comments how healthy she is, particularly when they discover she's 9 years old.

I would suggest you cut down on caffine. I only have canffinated coffee when I get a headache or I'm really tired. Drinking caffine regularly can cause headaches and make us jittery. I use sweetners. They way I look at it, by cutting out these callories I can have a little chocolate instead, without feeling guilty about it.

Exercise, even walking is great. I'm sure you know most of the health benefits of it, but did you know it gives a feel good factor and raises energy levels?
quex
urbanbuddha wrote:
Honestly, if the average person spends 1/3 of their life sleeping, would you want to spend more time sleeping?


Yes. I like the experience of sleep more than any of the experiences that are immediately available to me in the waking world. Weird, huh?

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In my opinion, I like being awake and experience the world as it is (to some degree).


I hope you can stay like that. ^_^
quex
crimson_aria wrote:
that is where we're different. xD I don't like sleep. eerr, I mean, I do like sleep. but I prefer to stay awake cause I feel like I'm missing a lot of things by sleeping. it's like, I'd choose to stay awake as long as I can. x__x i know that's wrong, but.. =___= I do get the normal 8 hours of sleep when it's vacation though, but when there's school, it's impossible. i just can't cram in all the things I wanna do in 24 hours.


anyway, I hope you'll be able to clear your sleeping problems. ^^


Thanks! ^_^

And, a warning... Please don't push yourself through school with too little sleep, because you can permanently damage certain parts of your endocrine system. Specifically, your thyroid. I did that in high school and it really screwed me up.... and you have to take pills for a long time. ;_;
yagnyavalkya
Sleep is simply fantastic
It invigorates and rejuvenates the brain
Sleep as much as you can
sopetite
If you sleep too much that you dont do anything in the day, like you dont work, that's addiction
vineeth
You can consult a doctor, if possible a sleep medicine specialist, to check out the issue. But I think sleeping a bit more than normal is not a big issue, until it is not interfering with your normal work..
woundedhealer
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It invigorates and rejuvenates the brain

So does excercise.
woundedhealer
woundedhealer wrote:
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It invigorates and rejuvenates the brain

So does excercise.
quex
yagnyavalkya wrote:
Sleep is simply fantastic
It invigorates and rejuvenates the brain
Sleep as much as you can


I like you. XD
quex
woundedhealer wrote:
The best diet is a well balanced one. Try and stay away from processed foods if you can and food with lots of additives in. If you get a good cook book you'll find it's not hard to make good healthy meals, and it's cheaper than ready meals which are loaded with additives. Here in the Uk the government gives a guide line called Five A Day, which means we should aim for 5 helping of veg/fruit a day, and no, potato products don't count as one of your five a day.


Wait, do potatoes count at all? I'm in charge of making meals for the family, and I usually make mashed potatoes from scratch as one of our side dishes... I know french fries and crisps don't count, but is mashed potato no good, either?

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If you can afford it, organic food is tastier and healthier. lean meat and fish is healthy, lots of red meat isn't.


I should very much like to eat more fish, but living in the middle-south of landlocked America, fish is too expensive for the family budget. ;_; It's actually cheaper for us to eat filet mignon for a homemade dinner than to buy salmon or tilapia. About organic foods... is there any real difference between organic vegetables and their mass-produced counterparts? I mean, vegetables being simple organisms, one doesn't imagine there's any sketchy growth hormones being used on them like there can be on meat...

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When people hear what I feed my dog, they say she eats better than they do. She has rice, white meat (raw) and five vegetables. Everyone comments how healthy she is, particularly when they discover she's 9 years old.


Friends of mine in Japan feed their dog cooked cabbage and rice every day. I cannot imagine getting a dog to eat cooked cabbage. Ours will eat bits of apple, though.

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I would suggest you cut down on caffine. I only have canffinated coffee when I get a headache or I'm really tired. Drinking caffine regularly can cause headaches and make us jittery. I use sweetners. They way I look at it, by cutting out these callories I can have a little chocolate instead, without feeling guilty about it.


Sadly, caffeine is the only thing that can keep me focused long enough to be productive. It doesn't take much, but the difference between a cup of regular and no coffee at all is the difference between me doing my tasks and me being too anxious and flighty to get anything done. Until I find an alternative, I'll be a slave to the pot... and aren't you anxious using sweeteners? Both saccharine and aspartame are under heavy review for their safety here in the US...

I dislike chocolate. ;_; It's probably the only healthy characteristic I have.

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Exercise, even walking is great. I'm sure you know most of the health benefits of it, but did you know it gives a feel good factor and raises energy levels?


Damnit, you're right. I knew I shouldn't have stopped walking. It's gotten cold here, so I've stopped for the year, and that might just be the thing that kicked me back into sleeping all the time. I'll go for a walk tonight.

Thanks, as always!
Afaceinthematrix
I think sleeping is a waste of time. It's unproductive and nothing gets accomplished during it. I sleep most nights and tend to get around 5-6 hours of night and that's plenty. Between work and school, I'm gone up to 14 hours a day. Plus I have to do homework and find time for recreation. So I'd never be able to, or want to, get those 12+ hours a night that you mentioned.
woundedhealer
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Wait, do potatoes count at all? I'm in charge of making meals for the family, and I usually make mashed potatoes from scratch as one of our side dishes... I know french fries and crisps don't count, but is mashed potato no good, either?

While potatos are a vegetable, they don't count as one of your five portions as they're carbohydrate, like rice or spaghetti.
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I should very much like to eat more fish, but living in the middle-south of landlocked America, fish is too expensive for the family budget. ;_; It's actually cheaper for us to eat filet mignon for a homemade dinner than to buy salmon or tilapia. About organic foods... is there any real difference between organic vegetables and their mass-produced counterparts? I mean, vegetables being simple organisms, one doesn't imagine there's any sketchy growth hormones being used on them like there can be on meat...

That's one of the advantages of living on a reasonably small island. Organic vegetables have more vitamins than non-organic one, that's as long as you don't have them lying about your fridge for weeks. Up until 2 or 3 weeks ago there was some debate about whether organic crops have more goodness but now the scientists have agreed they really do have a higher percentage of vitamins. Non-organic vegetables are treated with pesticides. Pesticides are poisons, this is why you're always told to wash fruit and veg before eating it. The land has artificial fertilizer on it to increase the size of the crop and the size of the fruit and veg. Organic growers use companion planting to deter things like greenfly and blackfly and only natural fertilizers are used.
I don't know what it's like in the U.S., but here in the U.K. more and more younger people are growing their own fruit and veg, and they're also getting allotments.
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Friends of mine in Japan feed their dog cooked cabbage and rice every day. I cannot imagine getting a dog to eat cooked cabbage. Ours will eat bits of apple, though.

I wouldn't want to stand downwind of your friends dog Smile My dog has cabbage as one of her 5 veg, preferably red because it has more goodness than green. She also has apple. She has apple, banana and pear liquidized and frozen into icecubes, it's a great way to help her cool her down in summer.

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Sadly, caffeine is the only thing that can keep me focused long enough to be productive. It doesn't take much, but the difference between a cup of regular and no coffee at all is the difference between me doing my tasks and me being too anxious and flighty to get anything done. Until I find an alternative, I'll be a slave to the pot... and aren't you anxious using sweeteners? Both saccharine and aspartame are under heavy review for their safety here in the US...

It sounds like you could be addicted to caffeine. Being anxious and flighty is sort of like a drinker having the shakes until he's had a drink. You haven't heard the latest on aspartame then. It seems the scientists are saying it's ok, I can't remember if saccharine was included in that.

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Damnit, you're right. I knew I shouldn't have stopped walking. It's gotten cold here, so I've stopped for the year, and that might just be the thing that kicked me back into sleeping all the time. I'll go for a walk tonight.

It's getting colder here as well, but I've still got to take my dog out. She gets pushy if she doesn't get her hours walk.

As always, your welcome Wink
crimson_aria
quex wrote:


And, a warning... Please don't push yourself through school with too little sleep, because you can permanently damage certain parts of your endocrine system. Specifically, your thyroid. I did that in high school and it really screwed me up.... and you have to take pills for a long time. ;_;


thanks~! ^^ i'll keep that in mind. I try to sleep as much when there's school especially during exams, but it's hard. XD I have many things I wanna do in a day. i will try my best. XD
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