Do you find yourself struggling to wake up in the morning, to the point where you can’t function very well in the day? You could be a heavy sleeper, and this could be due to a number of problems.
Sleeping heavy can make it hard for many people to function throughout the day. Feeling groggy and irritable are just some of the symptoms that come with this, along with poor concentration and making frequent mistakes.
The possible causes of heavy sleeping:
- Not Enough Sleep
- Low Motivation
- Erratic Sleep Schedule
- Poor Diet
- Lack of Exercise
- Electronics in Bed
- Poor Mental Health
- Complications with Medications
- Addictions (Alcohol, pills, drugs, etc.)
- Depression & Anxiety
- Health Complications
- Sleep Disorders (Sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, etc.)
A big cause of heavy sleeping that has come about in the last 10 years is due to blue light radiating from our phones and laptops. Many people spend hours before going to sleep scrolling through social media or working until late, which can have a huge affect on our overall sleep and ability to wake up in the morning.
Here are some tips for helping you to manage getting up in the morning…
Drink water before bed
It is advised not to drink too much liquid before bed as it can disrupt our sleep when we need the toilet in the night. But, if you’re that much of a heavy sleeper- drinking a small amount of water before bed isn’t a bad thing. It may just help you to get out of bed in the morning if your bladder is fuller than usual.
Turn up the lights in the morning
A quick way to get you to wake up easily in the morning is turn bright lights on in your bedroom. This will help you to wake up easier, since your brain reacts to day light due to your circadian rhythm. If you have a smart device lightbulb, schedule this to turn on 30 minutes before you tend to wake up.
Use your phone in the morning
Although using your phone right before bed is bad for our sleep cycle, using our phone in the morning to help us wake up is a great way to get us ready for the day. Blue light emitted from our phone keeps us awake. So if you’re someone who tends to spend a lot of time on your phone, use this to your advantage in the morning!
Eat breakfast daily
Breakfast is important for so many reasons. It’s designed to help kick start our body’s circadian rhythm by helping to assure your brain that this time of day is made for being awake and getting everything moving. Getting into this routine enables your brain to automatically become hungry in the morning to help you wake up.
Sleep with a pet
Cats and dogs are great alarm clocks. They will wake up at a certain time each morning to go outside or to have breakfast, making them a cute addition to your day.
Get a wake up buddy
Struggle to wake up on your own? No problem, get a wake up buddy to help. This can be someone you live with such as a partner, parent or friend. If you live alone, ask a loved one to give you a call to wake you up.
Consider seeing a GP
If sleeping heavily has become a concern for you or is affecting you from functioning in the day, consider speaking to your GP to determine whether this could be due to an underlining issue.