Why am I still tired after sleeping for 12 hours?

By Helena ZhangSep 01, 2015

When we speak of well-beingness, we often speak of having enough energy to do all the things we want to do. A common misconception people have is that they need to sleep a certain number of hours in order to be energized. 

And this number of hours can range from 4 to 12. While it is true that we do need to rest our physical bodies, when is too much sleep too much?

Clearly, if after 12 hours of sleeping, the tiredness still exists, then the issue isn’t about not getting enough sleep, or getting quality sleep. What could be the issue then? 

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If we are sleeping 12 hours and not being energized by it, then the underlying issue of our tiredness has not been addressed.

Research into psychosomatic studies have proven that there is a relationship between our current mental state and the well-being of our physical bodies.

Psychosomatic is made up of two words – mind (psyche) and body (soma). A psychosomatic disorder is defined as a break or imbalance between our minds and our bodies that can cause physical symptoms to come up. A mental state that can turn psychosomatic in nature is being in a stressed state. When a person is stressed over time, and the source of that stress is neither removed nor addressed, physical symptoms can start to show up in a person.

For example, a person is stressed at work to perform. Under stress, his heart beats faster and he starts to sweat. Imagine if this same person continues to be under stress this way every day over a prolonged period of time. He might not find any motivation to get up in the morning to get to work. Before he steps into the office, his body is already physically tired, with him having to drag his feet to work.

During his working hours, he finds it difficult to concentrate on his work as he is mentally fighting his own self-defeating thoughts – that he cannot get the work done – instead of getting the work done. This mental fight creates a downward spin into what we call an “energy drain”. In such circumstances, no amount of sleep is going to help the person. Addressing the cause of the stress, and removing the stress, or mitigating the stress, would be much more effective ways of handling tiredness.

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