Life already seems so complicated, our sleep schedule doesn’t have to be. When it comes to sleep, it is funny how some people just don’t get sleep after putting in so much effort, and some people sleep like there is no tomorrow. And both of these habits are unhealthy. This article is for the folks out there who tend to oversleep.
( p.s- for the ones who are trying hard to just get their daily dose of sleep, you should skip this one and check out 10 proven ways to fall asleep quickly.)
Coming back to our topic, oversleeping takes away a huge chunk of our day, which would have otherwise been productive. Below are a few easy tips to avoid oversleeping.
Follow a good routine: And yes, stick by it. There is a fair chance you will get up if you have a schedule ready in your mind ( there is a fair chance you still won’t). But if there is no set time table, your mind will get tricked into believing that it is okay to sleep a little more. Planning is a reason good enough to get up on time.
Involve your friends and family: So, let’s imagine you decide to go to the gym at 7.00 am sharp, alarm rings at 6.30 am you snooze it and go back to sleep. And now, comes in a friend into the plan, both of you’ll decide to go for a jog at 7.00 am, alarm rings at 6.30 am, you are tempted to snooze it when a tiny voice in you says, that person is waiting, get going buddy, and before you know it, this will become a daily ritual. After a point, you will start going for a run irrespective of whether your friend turns up or no.
(Choose a partner who is already well-motivated and determined and not as much of a sleepyhead as you)
Watch your meals: Meals, sleep, exercise all of them are intertwined, in more ways than one. Having a diet pattern wherein you consume caffeine-based foods in the first half of the day and sleep-inducing foods towards bedtime help you stay alert in the morning hours and give you a good shut-eye at night. And a quality sleep means you will definitely require no more than recommended sleeping hours.
Make a note of the time earned: Put it out somewhere, in a diary or on your calendar, how you spent that extra time, how it helped you get in shape or learn some new art or helped your hobby project. The results will not just take you by surprise but motivate you to continue the trend.
Make friends with natural daylight: Sleep with your curtains open or make sure they are open at the time of sunrise, natural light can suppress your sleep hormone melatonin and raise the alertness hormone cortisol, thereby snapping you out of that sleepy, groggy mood.
Bonus: If you are up early, you will have time to actually utilize the gym membership you purchased for your new year’s resolution.