Slept through your alarm? Decided to sleep for 5 minutes more but when you woke up next, it was 10 am? Snoozed your alarm for 5 minutes and then overslept? If these situations resonate with you, you are familiar with oversleeping! Oversleeping is a problem that can affect a lot of people. If it becomes a habit, it has many consequences.
The side effects of oversleeping include a hurried start to the day, low energy levels, disjointed sleep cycles and a low quality sleep. So how can you correct your sleep if you’re suffering from oversleeping?
How to overcome the problem of oversleeping
- Sleep at the same time every night
- Follow a sleep routine
- Optimal sleeping conditions
- Avoid stimulation at night
- Set a loud alarm
Sleep at the same time. It’s in the name, really. Sleep and wake up at the same time every night and morning. It’ll fine tune your sleeping habit and sleep cycle. As a result, your body will know when it’s time to switch off for the day and wake up. This will help reduce oversleeping, sleepless nights and it’s good for your system.
Sleep routine. Following a good sleep routine will help you reduce oversleeping. Rather than staying up late, your body and mind will switch off properly and prepare for better sleep. If you sleep on time and rest properly, you will automatically wake up at the right time and not risk oversleeping.
Optimal sleep conditions. Oversleeping usually occurs because you do not get enough through the night, so you end up sleeping more. Optimal sleep conditions in your room ensure that does not happen. A good temperature, dim lights or switched off totally and a comfortable mattress and blanket are key. They will help you rest better and improve the quality of your sleep. If you are relaxed and comfortable at night, you’ll be able to enjoy better sleep and avoid oversleeping.
Avoid stimulation at night. Stay away from TV late at night. Binge-watching content late at night stimulates your brain and the blue light emission keeps you awake and alert. As a result, your body and mind does not switch off but stays up. By avoiding TV and watching content at night, you allow yourself to wind down for the night without a worry and enjoy deep sleep. If you get enough quality sleep, you won’t end up oversleeping!
Wake up when you wake up. If for some reason, you wake up 15-20 minutes before your alarm or when you were to wake up, don’t go back to sleep. Try getting up at that time itself. You probably woke up because your sleep cycle came to an end. If you go back to sleep, your sleep cycle will start all over again. As a result, you may end up oversleeping for another hour as your sleep cycle needs to complete. Or you may wake up in the middle of your cycle, feeling disoriented, leading to a poor start to the day.
Set a loud alarm. You probably already have an alarm. It’s a tune from your default sounds or a sound you enjoy. Instead, set an alarm that is very loud and will wake you up no matter what. That quick stimulation will wake up your brain and prevent you from oversleeping. While it isn’t an ideal way to start your day, it’ll definitely solve this oversleeping problem.
Oversleeping is a common problem that many face due to bad sleep habits or even due to sleep orders. These are just some of the ways oversleeping can be overcome and you can correct your sleep. Follow a sleep routine that works for you and live a healthy lifestyle. Even try sleep meditation for better and faster sleep!
Here’s a simple explainer on YouTube to sleep fast in 5 minutes.
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