Sharon Sanborn, MA, LMHC, ATR-BC, CHT Answers
My answer is yes, Christa. I have read about and experienced when "oversleeping" more than our normal amount of sleep or more than our bodies actually needs reduces our "Sleep Drive". Low sleep-drive due to excessive sleeping leads to pure quality (shallower, less deep, less renewing and restful) sleep. Solution? 1) decide what is your best "sleep window", meaning how much sleep on a regular basis is good for you (we are unique and some people do better with 7 or 8 hours or more and some people do well on less sleep), 2) sleep this amount and wake yourself up when this period of time is over (although an occasional sleep-in late is great if you feel the need and enjoy it, 3) stick to regular bedtime and wake-up times daily if at all possible. Sleep is a very important part of physical and mental health. Keep in mind sleep is different from rest or relaxation and we need both. All the best SLEEP and RELAXATION to you!