I just slept 23 hours, I am not narcoleptic. Any tips, tricks, or ideas on damage control when I wake up in the middle of the *next* night?
So, I recently sleepily woke up, observed that it was still nighttime, and rolled over to go back to sleep, before being woken by a disturbing feeling that I'd seen morning/daylight at some point.
Ah. Great. I just slept 23 hours.
Ok, I'm acknowledging I must be a slight medical freak (not the least being my heroic bladder), as I can sleep 16 hours on a pretty regular basis. I don't have daytime sleepiness so it's not narcolepsy, but I can nap pretty much anywhere, anytime, and I *always* need an alarm clock to wake up (in less than 16 hours, anyway). I can turn alarms off 'in my sleep' - I caused this bout by only having my too-quiet cellphone alarm on, and apparently within reach.
I have problems with depression, and sleeping more than 16 hours is usually a conclusive sign of it, but oversleeping (9+) is also a trigger for it, so I try an avoid doing so.
I obviously need to set up my multi-stage, better living through technology alarm system again (various timers for light, heat, music, alarm, food & water, backup alarm etc - had power outage and hadn't set everything up), but would really appreciate any feedback or advice from the good folks on the internet on other ways to approach this.
Anything? Is there some kind of, oh, vitamin deficiency I might have?
Secondly, any suggestions for damage control when I wake up in the middle of the night?
I was highly tempted to grab a bite to eat and go back to sleep til as close to morning as I could manage, but figured sleeping even more wouldn't be a good idea. On the other hand, I don't want to get too tired. Sounds stupid, but the only trigger for the sleepin I can think of, was that I'd only slept 6ish hours the night before as I was trying to reset my body clock to more morning hours (had had enough sleep the nights before that).
Also, what can I productively do in the middle of the night, that's not lying in bed waiting for morning? Probably not surfing the internet looking up oversleeping, even if that is what I have been doing (I have f.lux installed at least).
Should I hold off eating
for another few hours in the hope it resets my body clock?
Have a small nap before a decent morning 'wake up time' or at midday?
My brain is pretty fragged obviously, so any suggestions, advice, theories would be appreciated.