Oversleeping may seem like a great idea, but it really isn’t. Contrary to intuition, getting too much sleep can be as bad for you as not getting enough sleep. So what is considered a good night’s sleep? How much sleep should the average person get every night? These variables are dependent on a number of different factors like your age and physical activity level. Though oversleeping doesn’t have quite as debilitating of effects as lack of sleep, it can still indicate physical and mental health complications.
Oversleeping messes with your circadian rhythm, or our biological clocks, and this results in fatigue and drowsiness throughout the day as your body is not exactly sure whether it should be awake or sleeping.
Other side effects of oversleeping can include headaches, lower back pain, stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.
So naturally at this point, we all should be wondering how we can avoid oversleeping, well luckily there are a few tricks and tips to keep your sleep patterns in a crisp “goldilocks zone”. Not too short and not too long.
- Consult your physician if you are taking any medications that could cause drowsiness and see if you can discontinue taking it, or replace with something that doesn’t have lethargic effects.
- The rising and falling of the sun is essential to maintaining your circadian rhythm, leave your blinds open and allow the sun to wake you up as a supplement or even an alternative to an alarm clock.
- Set your alarm clock further away from your bed, forcing you to get up and move around to shut it off. This should help you avoid returning to your bed for an extra few hours of slumber.
- Probably the most important thing to consider is establishing a sleep schedule and stick with it. Even sleeping in on a Saturday and Sunday morning can throw off your rhythm and cause you to oversleep on Monday morning or fall asleep late Sunday night.
So, we encourage to give these tips a try and really get back into your sleeping rhythm. After all, our whole life can be affected by the quantity and quality of our sleep!