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Sunday Insomnia - Does Sunday Insomnia really exist??

Category: Sleep

Sunday truly is a day everybody likes and certainly waits for it to come. So that they can spend some quality time with their loved ones, when they can also relax and recharge themselves.

Weather you are a student, an employee, or even a housewife, its always good to get a break from your daily hectic schedule.

Mostly on Sundays people like to sleep more and take more rest so that they may again start the new week with more enthusiasm. But for some people Sunday is again a day on which they are scared about the coming week. This anxiety interferes with their sleep which is known as Sunday Insomnia.

What causes Sunday Insomnia?

  • Self imposed jet lag: People usually sleep on same time on weekdays, but on weekends they take the previledge of going to bed late. They sleep till later on Sunday as they take this as an opportunity to catch up their sleep, for example they get up in afternoon around 2- 3 p.m . which confuses their body clock and this misalignment leads to insomnia.
  • Anticipation of the approaching week: According to a survey done on 3500 adults , by hotel chain travelodge* found that Sunday night was the most sleepless night, around 60% of workers have worst sleep on Sunday night due to worry of the coming week with meetings, missing deadlines, presentations or even exams.
  • Lack of Physical & Mental activity on Sunday : This may prevent them from getting sleepy.

Monster.com 2013 poll** revealed that 76% of surveyed adults worldwide experienced Sunday night blues.

Now the the question is, what to do?

  • Firstly fix a consistent bed time and wake up time for not only weekdays but also for weekends.
  • Follow a daily exercise routine and have a light dinner on weekends also.
  • Plan your week ahead intelligently and be more productive.
  • Avoid using electronic gadgets before bedtime as they may interfere with sleep inducing hormone (melatonin)
  • Avoid having food, drinks containing caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before going to bed
  • Ensure a quiet, dark and cool bedroom environment
  • Last but not the least establish a regular bedtime relaxing routine like reading, meditation etc.

Just remember good mornings are a sequel of good nights.  Sleepwell.  

Posted By: Dr. Himanshu Arora

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