Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sleeping too long on the weekends

Most folks take the opportunity to sleep late on the weekends in an attempt to catch up on rest that they lost during the week. Taking a little nap on Saturday or Sunday also is great way to rest up for the upcoming week. Of course if you have sleep apnea or some other sleep disorder your sleeping in or napping might go a little overboard which is probably an indication that you need to receive more rest during the week.
What besides sleep apnea causes us to oversleep?
According to webmd 2 of the biggest reasons for oversleeping (hypersomnia) are socioeconomic reasons and depression as well as alcohol and certain prescription drugs. They also state that oversleeping can lead to big health problems like heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
What prevents oversleeping?
  • Going to bed at the same time each night as well as getting out of bed the same time every morning, even on the weekends.
  • Relax or meditate before going to bed.
  • Don’t eat before you go to bed.
  • Everybody knows what caffeine does to you
  • If you exercise in the evening give yourself plenty of time to relax before trying to sleep.
  • Don’t drink alcohol late at night.
It is also good to remember is that sleeping longer on the weekend doesn’t necessarily make up for your sleep deficit. After staying in bed for long stretches you probably find that it is difficult to get moving and motivated to do anything but get back in bed. The feeling that you get is usually classified as “groggy”.

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  1. Sleeping too long in the weekends is normal for teens. However, based from personal experience you will feel lazy if you sleep too much.