By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
We’ve all been there… you know… those days when you wake up and all you can think about is squeezing in another 20 minutes of sleep in the morning. It seems like the perfect idea, given how tired you feel when you wake up. However, sleeping too much can actually end up costing you precious rest!
You see, each of us is born with a special internal timekeeper known as a circadian rhythm, which is our body’s way of figuring out when it’s time to sleep or wake up. This biological clock syncs up with sunrise and sunset, and has an impact on our overall sleep cycle, body temperature, emotions, and appetite.
Since circadian rhythms are also responsible for regulating our energy levels throughout the day, sleeping in longer than usual disrupts the delicate balance.
This results in throwing our normal energy levels out of whack! Then, when it comes time for us to actually get up out of bed, we feel groggy and less energized. So, if you feel the need to press that snooze button a few more times or sleep in until the afternoon, you’re doing yourself a disservice and setting yourself up for a grumpy day.
Featured image courtesy of planetchopstick on Flickr. Image of sleeping man courtesy of Laura D’Alessandro on Flickr.