Daily Wisdom: "Sunday Scaries" Are Real
Why your sleep suffers before the start of the week and how to get ahead of it
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TODAY'S TOPIC: WHY YOU SLEEP WORSE ON SUNDAYS
Nearly a quarter of people say Sunday is the worst night for sleeping soundly, in a survey of over 4,000 Americans and Brits conducted by the meditation app, Calm.
There are a variety of reasons people may legitimately sleep worse on Sundays, says Chris Winter, M.D., author of The Sleep Solution and president of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine. “People tend to anticipate the work week and that can be anxiety inducing, particularly if you don’t like your job,” he explains. Plus, a lot of active people have lengthy to-do lists for the weekend that get put off in favor of long training runs or family outings, which means you may be staying up later on Sunday to try and finish your tasks.
But the biggest culprit for impaired sleep on Sunday is probably the fact that many people use the weekend to make up for our poor sleep during the week, Winter points out. “If you sleep in until noon, when you go to bed that night, your body still thinks it’s early and isn’t ready to power down,” he explains. It’s called “social jet lag” and a recent study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found altering your sleep patterns in this way (even by sleeping in an extra two hours) can lead to poorer health, worse mood, and increased sleepiness and fatigue.