How to Stop Oversleeping

502023913-smallDo you find yourself getting to work or other commitments late on a daily basis? Is it difficult for you to fall asleep at night, and when you finally do, it’s almost impossible for you to get up in the morning? Oversleeping is a debilitating condition that can cause you to be late, tired and out of step with everyone around you.

The first step in combating oversleeping is to figure out whether you are, in fact, oversleeping or if there is another underlying cause. If, as an adult, you’re sleeping more than 11 hours a night, then it’s likely you’re sleeping too much. This can cause excessive daytime sleepiness and a desire to oversleep. The standard number of hours of sleep an adult should get a night is 6-8.

If you are chronically oversleeping, it is important to see a doctor to determine if there are underlying health problems so they can be removed. Sleep problems can be caused by a wide range of conditions, illnesses and diseases including depression, heart problems and more.

You can change your sleeping pattern by simply going to bed at the same time every night and getting up and the same time every morning. Set an alarm for an early hour, preferably leaving enough time to prepare for the day without being rushed. Eventually, your body will naturally and habitually wake up at this time. Persist with this routine, even if it doesn’t seem like it’s working. It can take your body a while to overcome poor sleeping habits.

It’s important not to just get up in the morning, but to give yourself a reason to get up on time every day. Find something you’d like to be doing and make the time to add it in first thing in the morning, even if this means going to bed earlier each night.

During the day, take a nap if possible. This helps to refresh and energize your body for working in the afternoon. Try to keep the nap to 20 minutes before 3pm though. You don’t want to take away a reason to sleep properly during the night, which can cause a new set of problems.

Behaviors That Help You Sleep

No one likes to toss and turn all night. There are things you can do to help yourself get a better night’s rest. A consistent wind-down routine every day can help you fall asleep more quickly and reliably.

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Your temperature naturally dips at night. Two hours before bed, soak in the tub for 20 to 30 minutes. The rapid cool-down period immediately afterward relaxes you and is more likely to put you in a deep sleep.

Install a Dimmer Switch

Sitting in a dimly lit room before getting ready for bed can put you in the right mind-set for sleep.

Shun PM Stimulants

Skipping your normal cup of coffee in the evening should help you fall asleep quicker because caffeine is a stimulant. If you have trouble sleeping, you should skip drinking coffee after noontime because it can remain in your system for a long time.

Shut Down Electronics

While you may find it relaxing to catch up with friends on social media before bed, this practice can actually increase the amount of time you toss and turn. Lit screens (including TVs) are stimulating so it’s best to avoid them.

Wear Socks to Bed

If cold feet are keeping you awake, especially during the winter, warm them up with a soft pair of socks. The extra layer under the covers can help improve circulation in your extremities and help you fall asleep.

Decorating Sins

When decorating our homes, our choices in style should reflect our tastes, rather than the trends we follow. While there are always exceptions, there are a few things that we feel are simply inexcusable in all cases.

There’s nothing wrong with keeping knickknacks on shelves and tables, especially if they’re souvenirs or art pieces. However keeping a whole wall of them that have no function looks messy and cluttered. Instead, rotate a few pieces in and out so only a few are on your shelf at a time.

Buying an entire set of living room or bedroom furniture leaves your home looking lik483563335-smalle a showroom. Visually, it leaves your room looking monotonous and gives off a vibe that you don’t care much about your own personal style and have let others do the work for you. Mixing furniture fabrics and patterns throughout your décor adds style to your room. Sticking to the same color family when choosing your pieces helps keep your look cohesive.

While real flowers don’t last long, we strongly suggest you avoid keeping fake flowers because they look cheap and will never come close to the beauty of fresh flowers. Instead, opt for a low maintenance plant. It’ll add a pop of life and color to your room without the hassle of tending to them every day.

Finally, while we usually attribute all-white rooms with sophistication, they can also come off as boring, cold and uninviting. Adding small pops of color with accent pieces like pillows or rugs will help break up the monotony of an all-white pallet and add character to a drab layout.

Bedroom Blunders

When your room isn’t set up in a way you’re comfortable with or looking its best, it can have an effect on your sleep cycle. Even though your room is your sacred space, there are still key decorating tips you should always avoid.

Wrong Size Rug

While rugs have the ability to warm up a space, it’s important to make sure you have the right sized rug and pattern that compliments your space and doesn’t clash with the rest of the décor in the room. When you find yourself shopping for a new rug, make sure it’s not too big or too small, but just right.

Cluttered Desk

While having a designated room for your home office is ideal, it’s not always possible when trying to utilize the space you have. If you must bring your workload into your bedroom, keeping your desk clean and organized will help you achieve a clear mind.

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Crowded Closet

Similar to keeping your desk clean and organized, keeping a tidy closet will also help you achieve a more organized lifestyle. Going through all of your clothing and choosing which articles to keep and which to donate will help open up more room for closet essentials as well as clean up any unnecessary clutter.

Old Stuffed Animals

You’ll always have a soft spot in your heart for your old childhood toys, but keeping them as snuggle buddies after you’ve left your parent’s house is not always the best idea. If you feel you must keep them for sentimental purposes, keep them tucked away rather than sitting on your bed or dresser.