How to overcome sleep inertia

Sleep inertia: Insane grogginess upon attempting to wake, often accompanied by the knowledge that the act of waking up would prove far worse than the being late for work.

If you struggle to wake up, you are not alone. Many not-morning-people find their mornings do not go to plan, every morning. Read more about it, and how you can handle it better, here: How I finally trained myself to wake up early.

You may consider yourself not-a-morning person if…
• You take longer to wake up than the rest of your household
• You can sleep through the sound of an alarm
• You have no memory of pressing the snooze button- despite evidence to suggest otherwise
• You have gone back to sleep in the morning after drinking coffee/making your bed/getting dressed/speaking on the phone find they possess the ability to stay asleep despite
• You suspect that time may in fact speed up whenever you go to sleep as you are sure you didn’t get enough sleep despite your clock saying you slept 8 hours.

Chances are the problem lies in:
1. The time you go to bed
Get to bed earlier by using the Net Nanny App that cuts you off all devices at a set time.

2. Your sleep quality 
You may need to get a medical exam to rule out snoring, sleep apnea, teeth grinding and allergies that may be robbing you of restorative REM sleep. Another important factor in sleep quality is, of course, your mattress. If your bed is not comfortable, if you’re tossing and turning all night, your mattress is robbing you of precious sleep. Visit the Sealy website to view our range of mattresses.

3. How much sleep you are getting
Too little sleep is not always to blame for sleep inertia. Sleeping too long can also ruin your chances of jumping out of bed and feeling well rested. Use an app that tracks your sleep cycles and wakes you up when you are in a light sleep phase to give yourself the best chance of feeling peppy.

Article written by Roxanne Atkinson


Explore these three sleep apps

Here are the latest and greatest sleep apps that you just can’t sleep without.

1. Sleep Calculator – Ever wondered: “If I want to wake up at 5.00am what time should I go to bed?” or “If I go to bed now, what time should I wake up?” well the Sleep Calculator app gives you the answers to these questions. This app provides a ‘go to bed’ alarm and a ‘wake-up alarm’ so that you can get the right amount sleep everyday.

2. Calm – An app that offers guided mindfulness meditation to bring more clarity, joy, and peace of mind into your life, at work or at home. Highly praised by celebs and TV personalities, you may want to give this one a try just before bedtime.

3. Sleep Cycle Power Nap – This app is simple, yet powerful. Place your phone on your nightstand before you doze off and the app analyses your sleep patterns to wake you up before you get into deep sleep. This helps you wake up softly and avoid sleep inertia. You feel ready to go rather than ready to crawl back into bed.

Read more:

See how this smart alarm clock will teach you how to sleep better

Do you understand that sleep graph in your sleep app?

Grab a shower first thing in the morning

A cold shower is a powerful wake up call. If you battle to get your game on in the morning, then why not take a cold shower first thing after waking?

Cold water wakes you up and gets your respiratory and circulatory systems firing. Think quick, short breaths accompanied by a heart pounding in your chest. If it usually takes you a good hour to feel fully alert then some cold blasts of water could help banish that mental sluggishness.

Besides waking you up, a cold shower can improve your immune system function, tighten your skin and reduce puffy, dark circles under your eyes.
Rinsing your hair with cold water will assist hair growth and seal the hair cuticles, leaving it shinier than when rising with warm water.

Speed up your metabolism and make the most of your day with a power shower first thing in the morning.

Another excellent reason for South Africans to shower (rather than bath)? A bath uses an average of 160 litres, while a five-minute shower uses only 60 litres of water. A low-flow shower head will use even less water. Given South Africa’s current drought and water crisis, jumping from your Sealy to your shower first thing every morning (or even every second morning), is the best way to start your day!