Everyone knows how harmful a lack of sleep is for the body, but not everyone thinks that an excess of it also has a negative effect on a person. So not getting enough sleep all week and trying to compensate for that with 10-15 hours of sleep on weekends is a very bad idea. It’s even worse – if you constantly sleep more than normal, and at the same time, you notice a deterioration in well-being.
We’ve collected some warning signs that you are sleeping too much.
When you wake up, you feel sleepy
You sleep more than the average, and every time you wake up expecting to feel refreshed and good. But the situation is exactly the opposite: you rise from the dead and feel very sleepy all day. It seems as soon as your head touches the pillow, and you immediately fall asleep. This is a warning sign that you have slept, and it is time for you to start controlling your sleep and its quality.
Your concentration is impaired
When you sleep more than your body needs, you are in a strange state all the next day. It is difficult for you to think, your movements become inhibited, and you seem to be in a dream. You cannot remember the obvious things, focus your attention, force yourself to work normally.
Decreased concentration after prolonged sleep indicates that you need to start getting up earlier.
Do you feel dizzy
If the first thing you feel after waking up is extreme dizziness, then you’ve overslept too much. This state can last all day; it will be difficult for you to coordinate your movements and engage in mental work, your productivity will suffer from this.
So on weekends, instead of “giving yourself enough sleep,” try to spare the body and follow the usual lifting schedule, with a slight offset of 1-2 hours.
You feel nauseous
Along with dizziness, you can be overtaken by another unpleasant consequence of excessive sleep – morning sickness. Moreover, you will feel it so sharply that, most likely, you will not even be able to have breakfast and drink a glass of coffee.
If nausea in the morning is a common thing for you, then reconsider your sleep schedule.
You sleep more than 10 hours
In principle, it is enough for a person to sleep on average 6-8 hours a day to feel rested. All the time that you spend on sleep in excess of these values is superfluous. If you sleep 10 or more hours a day, this is too much.
If at the same time you still do not feel rested, then we can conclude that such a long sleep does not bring you any benefit. Normalize your schedule, force yourself to wake up a couple of hours earlier, and track how your condition changes.
It’s hard for you to wake up
This could be a sign of lack of sleep or, conversely, too much sleep. If you sleep no less than normal, and at the same time in the morning, it is extremely difficult for you to open your eyes, to be aware of what is happening around you, to get up at the first alarm clocks, etc. – you sleep more than your body needs.
In order not to experience problems with waking up in the morning, it is better to focus on the quality of sleep and not on its quantity.
You have chronic headaches
When you sleep much more than normal, you may have another negative reaction – chronic headaches. Your head will be buzzing throughout the first half of the day, from the very moment you wake up. If this situation repeats itself constantly, you need to take action; otherwise, your performance will suffer, and your health condition.
You feel depressed all the time
Your mood directly depends on the quality and quantity of sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, you get irritability, anxiety, excessive emotionality, etc. If you sleep too much, you are faced with another problem: your state is close to depressive.
You experience apathy, a severe loss of strength, and spend the rest of the day in a depressed mood. So it’s better to take care of the quality of sleep and learn how to get up at the first alarm clock than to let everything go by itself and suffer from negative consequences.
Your whole body aches
If you like to sleep a little longer on your weekends (and not only), you must have noticed one strange feature. As soon as you get out of bed, your body starts to ache. Legs, arms, and neck ache, and you feel as if you have been run over by a train.
This is another unpleasant consequence of oversleeping. Once you get back to normal, you start to feel much better.
You keep forgetting something
You seem to have slept, but all day you are in terrible confusion: you forget whether you closed the front door, turned off the iron, where you put the car keys, etc. Sleeping too long negatively affects your cognitive skills and thinking speed. You forget even about the most normal things that have long become a habit with you.