15 Habits That Make You Oversleep in the Morning

15 Habits That Make You Oversleep in the Morning



Oversleeping interrupts your daily scheduling, making it difficult to get to work or school on time. It makes you feel sluggish and groggy. You may wonder if there are things you’re doing that are causing you to oversleep.

Are you getting too much sleep, or just oversleeping?

Getting excessive hours of sleep is called hypersomnia, which means long sleep. It’s not a common condition. Indeed, it affects only 2% of the population. If you believe that you require inordinate amounts of sleep, you should visit your doctor. They can help you get the slumber you deserve and need.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this chart explains how much sleep you need:

cdc sleep



On the other hand, it’s natural for everyone to hit the snooze button too many times once in a while. When it becomes a habit, you must examine your nighttime routines.

What nightly habits might cause you to oversleep?

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to be your best at work, school, and home. Here are the habits that could be causing you to oversleep.

1 – Going to bed too late

It’s tempting to want to go to bed late, especially on the weekends, since you don’t have work the next day. If you’re prone to oversleeping during the week, your late weekend nights could be the cause. Everyone is different, and some people can mix up their sleep schedule routine with no effects. But if you’re having a hard time getting up on weekdays due to oversleeping, it could be due to your late nights on the weekends.

2 – Drinking alcohol late at night

If you’ve been drinking alcohol, you may fall asleep quickly but then wake up in the middle of the night. This is because once your body detects alcohol in your system, it affects your REM sleep. REM is a sleep cycle you go through several times every night. It causes your brain to increase its activity and helps you learn. If you’re not getting enough REM sleep, it can interfere with your brain function. Long story short, after lying awake until your body finally metabolizes the alcohol, you fall asleep but then oversleep in the morning.


3 – Stress

The extra stress at work or school or hectic days at home can be exhausting physically and mentally. When you’re stressed or worried, it affects your sleep patterns keeping you awake at night. You may feel emotionally exhausted but fall asleep, or you wake up in the middle of the night worrying. When you do finally fall asleep, you oversleep. It’s a vicious cycle. Try to find ways to reduce your stress levels.

4 – Poor sleep hygiene

Sleep hygiene is a relatively unfamiliar term to many people. It basically means that you have wise practices at night that help you fall asleep. The CDC recommends that you.

  • Turn off your blue screen technology an hour before bed.
  • Keep our bedroom just for sleeping or intimacy.
  • Don’t eat your meals or snack close to bedtime.
  • Avoiding caffeine several hours before bedtime

Sleep hygiene makes a big difference to the quality of your sleep. What are signs you have poor sleep hygiene besides oversleeping?

  • Frequent yawning
  • Feeling irritable
  • Sleepy during the day
  • Fall asleep when you sit down

5 – Eating meals (or snacks) too late

Late evening meals or snacking late at night interfere with your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep all night. One study found that late-night eating can result in hyperglycemia or high blood sugar, which is a symptom of diabetes. When you eat near your bedtime, it slows down your body’s metabolism, making it difficult to digest. Having food in your stomach late at night makes falling asleep difficult.

Plus, if you’re eating foods like chocolate or caffeine products, it may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. Another side effect of late-night eating is acid reflux or stomach ache. All these things can cause you to fall asleep in the early morning hours. This means your deeper sleep is in the morning when it’s time to get up. If you don’t oversleep, you’ll feel groggy and foggy-brained.

6 – Medication

Another contributing thing that causes you to oversleep is medication. Certain medications can disrupt your sleep. These include


  • Antihistamines
  • Muscles relaxants
  • Antidepressants
  • Corticosteroids
  • ACE inhibitors
  • Beta-blockers

Be sure to talk with your doctor if you’re taking any of these medications and not sleeping. It can be very frustrating being on medications that help your body, but they mess up your sleep. When you’re so tired, you oversleep in the morning, making it difficult to function at work, school, and at home.

7 – Not having a regular sleep schedule

This sounds like a simple thing, but maintaining a regular sleep schedule is important for you to get up in the morning. Your body thrives on routine. When you keep a traditional wake-up time and bedtime, you’ll feel better and won’t oversleep the next morning.

8 – Sleep apnea

When you wake up dozens of times at night, you’ll probably oversleep in the morning. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes your breathing to stop and start all night. Snoring loudly and feeling tired the next day could mean you have sleep apnea. Causes of sleep apnea include

  • Being overweight
  • Having a narrow airway
  • Being a man
  • Smoking
  • Being older
  • Drinking alcohol or tranquilizers
  • Certain medications
  • Congestion

If you think you have sleep apnea, be sure to speak with your doctor. There are new ways to help control sleep apnea, so it doesn’t disrupt your life.

9 – Overeating carbohydrates

Eating too many carbs can elevate your blood sugar, giving you energy for a short time, making you feel exhausted and tired afterward. These bursts of energy and tiredness interfere with your sleep. You may fall asleep only to wake up in the middle of the night, causing you to oversleep.

10 – Not setting an alarm

Set your alarm so that you can wake up with the light of sunrise. Sunlight stimulates your body to wake up, while darkness signals your body to wind down for bedtime. Get an alarm clock or set an app that gets you out of bed. Some alarms are especially loud or vibrate your bed. Don’t neglect this simple habit because if you skip setting your alarm, good chance, you’ll oversleep.

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