Sleep Inertia

December 05, 2019

Sleep Inertia

You just woke up and you feel, well, foggy. You can't think straight. And concentrating? Your current ability to concentrate is currently slim to none. In summation, you feel as if you are still asleep. This morning grogginess and fogginess has a name - sleep inertia. It’s the period after you just wake up when your body is still in a state of sleep and hence why you are having problems focusing. What causes sleep inertia?

Though sleep inertia typically only lasts for the first 15 minutes you are awake, it can last for up to 4 hours.If you are woken up during the middle of a sleep cycle, you are more likely to experience sleep inertia. Most sleep cycles run approximately 90 minutes long. Attempt to wake up outside of a sleep cycle to avoid this condition. If you wake up naturally a few minutes before your alarm goes off, it’s best to get out of bed. By staying in bed you risk falling back asleep and waking yourself up during a sleep cycle. This can cause you to experience feelings of sleep inertia.

Failure to get adequate rest is another cause of sleep inertia. Make sure that you go to bed at night early enough to get your body the rest that it needs. If you don’t get proper rest, you are more likely to experience the feeling of grogginess for longer. It's always best to go to bed each night and wake up each morning at the same time. By doing this, you are acclimating your body to maintain a sleep schedule. Having a routine schedule can help you get your best rest and possibly avoid sleep inertia.

No matter how hard you try, you may find that you occasionally suffer from poor sleep. Things happen that are beyond your control and these events can impact your sleep. When you experience poor sleep, you may also experience sleep inertia. If this happens on occasion, it is nothing you need to be concerned about. However, knowing what you can do to get your best rest can help you avoid feelings of sleep inertia. I am going to do everything in my power to avoid this groggy feeling. No matter how plump my pillows and cushioned my comforter, no matter how relaxed I feel just lying there, I will get out of bed when I wake. And, hopefully, I will be all the more clear-headed for it.

Have you ever experienced sleep inertia?
Do you have any tips to share?

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