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How to Stop Oversleeping

Updated on May 17, 2014

What do you mean by "oversleeping"

Oversleeping means that you are sleeping way longer than you really should. Perhaps on the weekend you go to bed at 12, wake up at 10. Since you just don't feel like getting up, you back to sleep until 1 or 2. And that's when your day begins. You're feeling sluggish, groggy and just plain ol' bad. Not terrible- but not good.

If this sounds like you, you may be oversleeping.

Why does it make you feel more tired?

For years, scientists have conducted studies as to WHY sleeping makes you overtired. Yet, still today, scientists are perplexed as to why this phenomena occurs. Perhaps though, our bodies and minds are dueling each other. Our bodies are already so well rested, that we really just need to get up, get moving and begin our day. And when you wake up 12-13 hours later, chances are you aren't waking up in-between sleep cycles (waking up in-between sleep cycles makes it easier for you to get up). So, our bodies are awake and our heads are trying to wake up during a sleep cycle- they are just fighting each other. Perhaps this is why we feel so groggy for hours after we've overslept. Our brains need time to catch up to our body, and our body is receiving signals from the brain that we've overslept, leaving us groggy all over.


Are there other side-effects of oversleeping?

Not only will you feel extremely sluggish after oversleeping, there are effects that are associated with oversleeping. Though, it's important to note, scientists have yet to find out whether or not oversleeping causes these side effects. They just happen to go hand in hand. Serious medical conditions have not been proven to be caused from oversleeping- you may not have any reason to be worried. However, oversleeping has been linked to

  • depression
  • diabetes
  • low socio-economic status
  • increased stress
  • weight gain/ obesity
  • headaches
  • high blood pressure

Remember that, oversleeping has not actually been proven to cause any of the above listed items. I am simply telling you that- the listed items above have been associated with oversleeping.

The occasional oversleeping has not been linked to any long-term health effects. Though you may get a headache after one day of oversleeping. It also may cause you to make poor dietary choices.

Do you have a serious sleeping condition?

If you're anything like Nicole Delien, you are probably suffering from something more serious than your average, occasional oversleeping. There have only been four rare cases reported with people who are suffering from the same condition Nicole is.

If you are sleeping for an overly-excessive amount often, then you should consult your doctor and see what the causes are and what may be happening. You may have an underlying health problem.

There may even by an underlying condition that causes you to have low energy and lethargy- such as depression or dopamine deficiency. Doesn't hurt to do a little research!


Steps you can take to stop oversleeping

Here are some steps you can take to ensure you don't oversleep.

  • realize it may just be in your head- all you need is a little will power on the weekend to get yourself out of bed. Remind yourself, you'll feel better if you do
  • set several different alarms, all with different alarm sounds
  • make it bright in your room- open up the curtains, let some light shine in
  • put a small sandwich-sized bag in your drawer containing some fresh ground coffee. Sometimes the aroma of coffee is enough to make you feel the need to get up and moving
  • give yourself something to wake up for. So, maybe you aren't feeling the whole "get your willpower on" thing. Okay, fine. Try giving yourself something to do when you wake up. Could be something fun or it could be a chore- whatever it is, make the task important enough for you to wake up by a certain time
  • remember that you can nap during the day at some point and that oversleeping will not provide you with more energy throughout the day
  • remind yourself that you are wasting time
  • establish a routine, even on the weekends
  • exercise has been shown to regulate sleep cycles, so try it. It'll help your body clock get into tip top shape
  • eat a banana or two, studies show that just 2 bananas can give you energy to do an intense 90-minute workout

You should try to incorporate these tips into your life when it's a day that you'll be tempted to oversleep. (So especially try these tips when it comes time for the weekend)

Which effect (if any) do you experience after you've overslept or are a chronic oversleeper?

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    mariexotoni 16 months ago

    Very interesting ! Needless to say it's going to be different for everyone and studies are done all the time that price and disprove the same thing. I have read before the oversleeping (greater than 10 hours according to some of the articles) and under sleeping can shorten your lifespan. You can probably tell if you are overdoing or undoing it based on how you feel.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and making a thoughtful comment.

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    Kate Swanson 16 months ago from Sydney

    Interesting to stumble across this Hub. I read a study recently which said that oversleeping (sleeping CONTINUOUSLY for 10-12 hours) wasn't a bad thing. What's bad is exactly what you mentioned in your first paragraph - when you wake up naturally after a long sleep, and then decide to stay in bed and go back to sleep. It's that second, unnecessary sleep (after you've woken up at your natural time) that causes a feeling of tiredness for the rest of the day.

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    MZ 4 years ago

    Not true for me, I feel a lot better when oversleeping.

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    mariexotoni 4 years ago

    very true!

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    Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    Oversleeping always seems to make the day more sluggish.