Thursday, December 26, 2013

Cope With Sleep Inertia

There's nothing worse than waking up in the morning, or after a good power nap, only to feel like you got hit by a bus. With a little practice, you can shake the feeling that you're more tired now than when you went to sleep. Overcome sleep inertia by using one or more of the following suggestions.


1. Get moving. To ward off the sleep inertia that's common after waking in the morning or after a nap, try exercising, taking a short walk, taking a shower, reading the paper or eating breakfast. Give yourself extra time to wake up if you need it.

2. Call a friend right away in the morning or after a nap that leaves you feeling sleep inertia. Engaging conversation helps pep you up and rejuvenate you for the day.

3. Control your nap times. Set an alarm so you sleep for a set time. Some people who sleep longer than 25 minutes during the day wake up with severe sleep inertia. Find the right amount of nap time that works for you.

4. Find a good nap location. Experts recommend napping flat on your back in a dark, cool area.

5. Get enough sleep at night. If you find your self continually suffering from sleep inertia, adjust your sleeping schedule and habits. Try sleeping longer at night. Adjust the temperature and darkness levels in your bedroom to improve sleep conditions.

6. See your doctor if sleep inertia affects your daily life. If you've tried all of the above Steps and you still experience extreme grogginess daily, you may have a medical condition that is causing the sleep problem.

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