Sleep Overdose

First let me start this post with a confession.  I did not go to the gym or workout today.  In fact, not only did i not work out at all but I also ate a bunch of crappy food.  I feel like a blob right now.  I will be at the gym tomorrow double-time.

Now on to the real issue.  I have a sleeping problem.  I am the complete opposite of an insomniac, I sleep too much!  Seriously, I think I could sleep for an entire week with nothing but breaks to walk the dog, use the restroom, and maybe grab a snack.  I sleep sooo much.  One night last week I got 12 good hours of sleep at night, then woke up, worked, and then as soon as work day was over took an easy 3 1/2 hour nap on the couch.  Two hours later I crawled into bed for the night and fell swiftly asleep.

The funny thing is that I don’t “require” a ton of sleep to function.  There are times – mostly nights before I’m travelling – where I only get 2-4 hours of sleep and then function the whole next day just fine.  When I travelled to Korea last fall I got 3 hours of sleep the night before I left and then slept for a total of 45 mins on the 12 hour flight.  After being awake for 24+ hours I finally got a little tired, slept perfectly through the night and avoided jetlag completely.

Last night I slept for a quality 8 hours, then got up and “went” to work.  At 6pm I laid on the couch and promptly dozed off and slept till 8pm.  I set an alarm for 7pm to just take a power nap, but then hit snooze for an hour till I finally decided to get on with my life at 8pm.  I had to move my alarm clock in my bedroom to my dresser across the room which now requires me to get out of bed to turn it off.  It’s not that I don’t hear my alarm (*cough *cough like some people I know…) but I get out of bed, reset the alarm for a later time and climb back in bed and go right back to sleep.

If it wasn’t for work or plans on the weekends I could easily sleep for 12+ hours every night and still take a good nap on the couch in the middle of the day.  People have told me to take vitamins, I do.  People have told me to work out more or in the morning to get my energy up, I do.  I could go to an intense workout at the gym then come home and sleep on the couch for 3 hours.

I am getting overdosed on sleep.  Perhaps it’s a medical issue or perhaps I’m just lazy and a really good sleeper.   All I know is that my sleep overdose is severely hindering my productivity.  I make big plans to get errands done, or clean the dishes from last night and instead I fall asleep on the couch and procrastinate for another day.

Does that show “Intervention” ever work with sleep addicted people.  Is there a support group?  There are 10 step programs for alcoholics and over eaters, but what about sleepaholics.  Hello, my name is Maria and I’m a sleepaholic.  Help!

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