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I'm an night owl, and i sleep for 12 hours every day! what could cause this?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Combo of factors

Possibilities: Poor sleep hygiene/sleep disorder/ medical disorder (less likely).
Daytime sleeping disrupts normal sleep patterns - hence 'night owl.' Able to sleep 12 hours/day suggests insufficient time in deep (refreshing) sleep. Basics: Go to bed/wake up same time every day, aim 7-7.5hrs/night, use bedroom only for sleeping (or marital relations). See "better sleeping" checklist for details.

In brief: Combo of factors

Possibilities: Poor sleep hygiene/sleep disorder/ medical disorder (less likely).
Daytime sleeping disrupts normal sleep patterns - hence 'night owl.' Able to sleep 12 hours/day suggests insufficient time in deep (refreshing) sleep. Basics: Go to bed/wake up same time every day, aim 7-7.5hrs/night, use bedroom only for sleeping (or marital relations). See "better sleeping" checklist for details.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Sleep disorder.

Your experience is akin to shift work sleep disorder. When your sleep schedule is erratic and unpredictable, your brain doesn't know if you want to be awake or asleep, so you stay in the middle, tired during the day.
It sleep onset and quality are poor. No real way out of this save medications, which aren't the best way to go either. Sleep schedule has to be regular & predictable.

In brief: Sleep disorder.

Your experience is akin to shift work sleep disorder. When your sleep schedule is erratic and unpredictable, your brain doesn't know if you want to be awake or asleep, so you stay in the middle, tired during the day.
It sleep onset and quality are poor. No real way out of this save medications, which aren't the best way to go either. Sleep schedule has to be regular & predictable.
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