You might be surprised to find a whole section on how to avoid getting too much sleep on a website dedicated to helping people overcome sleep and insomnia problems, but I believe the issue of getting too much sleep gets nowhere near enough attention as it deserves.
Sleeping too much is harmful in two ways:
- Mistiming sleep and insomnia – Sleeping too much is a prime cause of insomnia. Your body relies on consistent timing each and every day in order for it to properly regulate your sleep wake cycle. This means you need to wake up and fall asleep at around the same time each day. Otherwise you may find it hard to fall asleep at night, and this could develop into insomnia.
- Effect on your body – If you don’t get enough sleep, you open yourself up to a range of sleep deprivation effects, that studies have shown, ultimately increases your mortality. However when you sleep too much, you also receive these effects. You’re also prone to suffer from sleep drunkness after sleeping too much that leaves you feeling tired and groggy all day, as if you haven’t gotten enough sleep.
So to maintain good sleeping habits, wake up refreshed, and work to your best, you need to get the right amount of sleep. Too much or too little and you’ll suffer the effects.
Oversleeping was a major problem for me many years ago, but by following the suggestions I’ve shared in these articles below, I was able to overcome my problem of sleeping too much. I now wake up each morning at the same time, fresh and alert. After reading these articles and making the required changes to your sleep routine, you too will be able to wake up at the right time, feeling refreshed.
Oversleeping has been a problem of mine for many years. Despite trying out many products and resources aimed at curing insomnia, I found hardly any even mentioned oversleeping.
After a bit of research I discovered I was definitely not alone. For a problem so many people suffer with, it’s surprising so little information is available out there. But after lots of trial and error, bit by bit, I finally overcame my oversleeping.
That used to be part of my daily awakening ritual too. When my alarm would blare its infernal noise, I’d turn the damned thing off right away. Then under the cloak of that early morning brain fog, I’d slowly ponder whether or not I should actually get up:
It’s nice and warm under the covers. If I get up, it’s going to be cold. That won’t be too pleasant.
Oh, I really should get up now. C’mon legs… move. Go, legs, go. Hmmm… that isn’t how I move my legs, is it? They don’t seem to be listening to me.
Are morning people born or made? In my case it was definitely made. In my early 20s, I rarely went to bed before midnight, and I’d almost always sleep in late. I usually didn’t start hitting my stride each day until late afternoon.
But after a while I couldn’t ignore the high correlation between success and rising early, even in my own life. On those rare occasions where I did get up early, I noticed that my productivity was almost always higher, not just in the morning but all throughout the day. And I also noticed a significant feeling of well-being. So being the proactive goal-achiever I was, I set out to become a habitual early riser. I promptly set my alarm clock for 5AM…
… and the next morning, I got up just before noon.