Well, I guess my body had had enough of this up all night bit, and I slept for almost 12 hours. In fact, the only reason my mate woke me, is I was getting behind on my meds. It has been a long time since the body has just said “okay, enough of this no sleep.. watch this” !
This is not the first time this has happened, but what surprises me, is that it does not happen, more often. As one would think, that if the body is sleep deprived enough, it would do this, almost automatically, yet, it does not.
Now most people have experienced this, long sleep, at least a few times in their lives, often right after a period of prolonged energy drain. But it is in fact, yet another form of insomnia. As weird as it sounds.
Yet, such prolonged sleep does not bring the rest one would expect. In fact, it often brings a feeling of a slow brain, body and a general malaise, which has no real connection, except to the excessive amount of down time.
My mate often complains of this almost horrid feeling, if he has “slept too long”.
“Too much sleep can weaken your sleep system. Your body is not awake for long enough to absorb enough sunlight, get enough exercise or engage in enough tiring activities.
Your body temperature takes a long time to climb to normal in the morning making you very drowsy for several hours after waking. In fact your body temperature may not climb to its peak at all, so you may feel lethargic all day. This is because excess melatonin that has been released by keeping your eyes closed for a long time does not dissipate quickly leaving you feeling drowsy and drained of energy.
Too much sleep can actually weaken your immune system leading to lowered resistance to colds, flu or worse.” Link