I typically get three to four hours of sleep a night and anymore I'm really starting to feel it. I've heard some different things and am wondering if anyone knows fact from fiction and any advice.
I've heard, somewhere - don't know where, that when you miss sleep you can never make it up. I took that to mean I get three hours of sleep tonight that means I'm tired tomorrow will probably go to bed early and the day after tomorrow isn't really effected by lack of sleep today. Is this right?
The doc I use to go to years and years ago was always telling me I needed to get more sleep, that being a given. He said that when you don't get enough sleep, at any point in your life, as you age you have to make up for that sleep. In other words if you don't get enough sleep in your thirties your more tired and require more rest in your forties and fifties, and so on and so forth. Is what he said correct?
The reason I ask is I've been running on four or five hours of sleep now for the last twelve years and over the last year I've been finding myself increasingly tired and wanting to sleep more than anything else. This is starting to effect all facets of my life. When I was at the lake this last weekend I slept instead of doing anything. I didn't even get in the water all day Saturday. The minute I get home I sleep. I sleep instead of doing things that I find pleasurable, such as gardening. I would rather sleep than have sex. I would rather sleep than do anything. It's like this need for sleep is taking up all the pleasurable time in my life and all I'm awake for is work, and some days I'm not all that awake for it.
This catching sleep here there where I can thing has gone beyond simply missing out on some stuff I want to enjoy and is leading into deeper depression. Imagine that the only thing your conscious for is work and everything else is just kind of a blur between unrestful naps. It's getting to the point that I genuinely don't enjoy life anymore because I'm at work or asleep.
Is my tiredness just age catching up with me? Could my sleepiness be a symptom of something else? I sleep super-super lite. If a gnat farts across the room it wakes me up. I go right back to sleep but I wake up several time a night on work nights. Strangely though, I could sleep through a tornado on weekends. Nothing wakes me up if I don't have to get up and go to work the next morning.
A side note, don't tell me to get more sleep, if that was an option, I would. I generally have about two hours from the time I get home from work till the time I go to bed and generally get up between three and four in the morning to head to work, sometimes earlier if I have to get something out.