Why You Should Stop Oversleeping
The thought of trying to stop oversleeping might not appeal to those of us who enjoy our sack time, and even early risers from time to time consider breaking their enviable routine to grab a few more minute of shuteye.
We don't need to try to stop oversleeping because it's a crime or something unethical, but still, there can be a price to pay for not doing so. Occasional oversleeping isn't all that unusual, but if it causes someone to be late for work, to be late for an appointment, or to miss a plane flight, it is still a bad thing. Chronic oversleeping is worse, as it can lead to such problems as loss of a job when the boss tires of an employee habitually being a half-hour late.
Too Much Of A Good Thing - There's another reason though to want to stop oversleeping, and that has to do with one's health. Most of us are aware of the physical toll too little sleep can have on our bodies, but not all are aware that too much sleep also exacts a price. Oversleeping isn't quite the same as getting too much sleep, unless it becomes chronic or habitual.
What We Need - The typical human needs between 6 and 8 hours of sleep every night. A few can get by on a little less and a few will sleep a little more, but when one is consistently outside of the 6 to 8 hour range, one way or the other, it is usually not at all healthy. People who don't get enough sleep often experience tiredness and fatigue, and often become irritable, and cloudy in their thinking. Those who habitually oversleep, getting more than they really need will - guess what? They'll become tired and fatigued, irritable, and cloudy in their thinking.
We're meant to average so many hours of sleep a night, and it's to our advantage to find out just what that amount of sleep is. Late sleepers often point to their dog or cat, which spend much of the day and much of the night sleeping, and use this as an excuse to spend an hour or two extra in bed in the morning. The problem is, humans are not dogs or cats, and the sleep requirements for a human are quite different. Cats sleep to conserve energy for the hunt, whether it's prey or a ball of yarn. Humans sleep in late and then drive somewhere in a car, sit behind a desk, drive home, and watch TV.
Recognition And Determination - Just what steps should one take to try to stop oversleeping? If it's an ingrained habit, it's going to take some time. The first step is to make the decision to try to stop and to work towards getting a healthy amount of sleep every night, not too much and not too little. It will be helpful in this regard to recognize the problem for what it usually is, a habit. Not only is oversleeping in most cases a habit, it's admittedly a very comfortable one for some. There are instances of course where there may be an underlying physical condition involved, and it may be necessary to get medical assistance in some cases.
It may take awhile to find out just how much sleep every night is best. Rather than worry about sleeping 6, 7, or 8 hours, or some fraction in between, the goal should be to get a good night of sleep, healthy, undisturbed sleep. Oversleeping and poor sleeping habits often go hand in hand. Eating habits, stress or worry, external disturbances, or any number of things can make a good night's sleep difficult to impossible, and result in spending too little or too much time in bed.
Once the oversleeping habit is recognized for what it is, and the desire is there to break it, then the means of doing just that can be addressed. A loud alarm clock is often a good first step, but in most cases, a few changes in lifestyle will probably be necessary.