While plenty of research has been done on getting too little sleep, far less research has been done on the effects of too much sleep.
Some people vilify excessive sleep, claiming that it reduces productivity and is a sign of laziness. Yet, excessive sleep is also necessary for restoration and health, primarily after any kind of sickness or highly stimulating experience.
Below We Go Over the 5 Top Ways to Avoid Oversleeping
In this article, we discuss 5 ways to avoid getting too much sleep, focusing on techniques that will ensure your sleep cycle is balanced and healthy.
Provide Structure to Your Sleep
On a simple level, if you are worried about sleeping too much, then you should adopt a lifestyle that makes it impossible to oversleep. This entails organizing a structured day with activities planned in the morning and evening.
These activities, as long as they are enjoyable and important, will naturally prevent you from staying in bed too long.
In addition, if you consistently follow any routine, your sleep patterns will adjust so that you sleep and wake at the optimal time.
Follow the Sun and Moon
Most people who oversleep think they must force themselves to get up extremely early as a preventative measure. But this is actually unnecessary.
Instead, try aligning your sleep cycle with the sun. This means getting up around dawn and going to bed around dusk. Let that be your standard.
At the beginning of initiating this routine, dawn and dusk might seem like extreme times. But, over time, your sleepiness and energy will become reflections of the planet’s cycles.
Eventually, you will have no need to worry about oversleeping or even undersleeping for that matter.
Be Confident in Yourself and Your Body
If you find yourself often wondering “why do I sleep so much”, then the answer might be implied in the very nature of the question.
Often times anxiety and insecurity can promote a build-up of fear in the mind, and since the body always works towards a state of wholeness and balance, this excess fear must be released at some point.
One way the body achieves this is through sleeping. When we sleep, our egos are repressed, and the mind is able to tackle unsolved problems from the day. Yet, the more problems we give ourselves to solve, the longer we must sleep to solve them.
Alternatively, we may sleep the same amount of time, but our quality of sleep might be reduced. Thus, we may wake up feeling tired or unrestored because we were not able to fully take advantage of the deeper sleep stages.
One approach to this problem is to embrace your oversleeping as a temporary necessity. Trust the wisdom of your body instead of questioning it. It is very likely that if you were sleeping less, you would feel even worse than you do now about your oversleeping.
As long as you are in tune with how you feel and acting in a way that focuses on balance, then your sleep will always be perfect. The very act of questioning the sleep is what makes it “oversleeping”.
Associate Sleep with Love
As we just mentioned, fear is often at the root of most sleeping problems, as the unconscious mind cannot dissolve all the fear that is infecting it. Of course, you could transcend the fear by befriending it.
Try accepting fear with love and open arms, even valorizing it for providing such warnings.
Alternatively, you could associate only with people who are full of love rather than fear. Love is the most powerful force available for defeating fear. Over time, by associating with loving individuals, you will pick up their qualities. Then, when you enter sleep, love will be streaming through your consciousness, not fear.
This will make your sleep richer, deeper, and of course more efficient, preventing you from wasting precious hours of your day engaged in inefficient, hollow sleep.
Our Final Thoughts
Many people wonder how much sleep is too much, but the question is a trap. In reality, sleep is an involuntary process that the body uses in order to heal.
If your sleeping seems excessive, then instead of focusing on your sleep, try focusing on your life, which is providing the experiences for your sleep. Perhaps you should be asking yourself whether you are living too much.
Maybe slow down a bit, take a few days off, and let yourself fully heal. The body is inherently wise and will seek sleep when it is necessary.
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