If I can remember and count how many times I have had good sleeps during my entire life, you can tell that I have been pretty much sleep deprived.
The first time that I had a good night sleep was, at 27 of age, when I transported my belongings for 10 round trips with a compact car, moved without an elevator or tools from the ground to 2nd floor ( never before felt so exhausted and weak right after done moving).
Then the only good night sleeps I have had was right after 18-20 hours of flying without much sleep (even though I always got up many hours before the birds did, at least I felt rested with deep sleep).
I have had sleep problems. I have no problem falling asleep, but keep myself sleep is the problem. Waking up after a couple of hours of light sleep during a night happened 4-5 days a week. I wouldn't be able to go back to sleep until one hour before the alarm going off.
Thus, I have tried various supplements with various dosage for a while. I guess I am settling down now with 50mg 5-HTP and 100gm L-Theanine. Although it's not the best I can ever feel especially the mornings, this is still the best concoction among everything I've tried,
Saturday and Sunday mornings I slept in half or an hour more. I found out that some weekend mornings even till late afternoon, my forehead hurts a little, very mild but foggy. Because I always have had 8 hours full in bed with very lousy sleep quality without the sleep aids before, I figured that 8hr is the minimum that I need in bed.
It becomes a habit, with or without sleeping aids, I stay in bed at least 8 hours (with the mind of compensating the terrible quality sleep for my entire life). So, my Saturday and Sunday I stay in bed for 8.5 or 9 hrs. Still, without the alarm, I cannot be awaken on my own. Even after 8.5 or 9 hr in bed, I felt like more sleeping in when the alarm goes off!!!!
That seems to be one of my sleep problems too that I rarely can feel enough sleep and wakeup without the alarm, no matter what! I hardly can remember that I had the ability to be awaken in the morning on my own feeling refreshed. The only time I would wake up on my own without the sleep aids was during the nights after only a couple of hours of sleep.
Thus, I hardly ever dreamed, for I have always had very shallow sleep never going to the 3rd stage of sleep. Always feeling tired in the mornings.
Now that I am using the sleeping aids, I dream, YEAH!!! Feeling that I have better sleep, despite of toss and turns still happenings quite often. This is now the best condition I can have.
So......... am I sleeping too much now on weekends?