Many people really like to go out on the weekends to unwind after a long and stressful workweek. Staying out late will probably cause exhaustion, but you think that by sleeping in the next day, you’ll be totally fine and have a normal sleep cycle back for Monday. However, in order to get restful sleep, you need more than simply a comfortable mattress and pillow. You need to know how sleep actually works. So will sleeping in truly make you less tired?
Well, yes and no. If you sleep in until 12pm on Saturday, you may feel less tired for the time being, but you’re messing with your body’s natural internal clock when you do that. You may feel more awake, but as the day goes on 8pm will feel like 4pm to you, and your entire sleep cycle will be all sorts of messed up.
Now I’m not telling you to not have fun late into the night on weekends, I’m just suggesting that you probably shouldn’t sleep in so much that you temporarily condition yourself into being a night owl. It’s just about impossible for you to “make up” for lost sleep, so you’re probably just better off heading to bed earlier than usual the following night instead staying asleep for longer.
Maybe you’re not a fan of going to bed any earlier and don’t want to sleep in later, so you decide to take a nap in the middle of the day. Totally fine! But to avoid a nap hangover, you should keep it under 30 minutes. Any longer than that and you’ll be feeling the same way as if you’ve slept in. The best way to successfully nap is to set an alarm for 40 minutes ahead of time which gives yourself about 10 minutes to actually fall asleep.
To avoid being groggy this coming Monday and having a nap hangover tomorrow afternoon, plan your sleep schedule and set alarms to avoid sleeping in later than you should. It may be impossible to catch up on your sleep, but it’s definitely not impossible to make sure you get good sleep!