Why do I still feel restless after sleeping long?
You may feel tired in the morning because of sleep inertia. Sleep inertia is a natural step in the gradual awakening process. During this transition, we might feel disoriented and dizzy.
With a little care, we may even fall back to sleep. If you’re in sleep inertia, you’ll find it difficult to concentrate and realize what’s happening around you. We usually stay in this state for 15 to 60 minutes (sometimes even longer). You may also have sleep drunkenness.
Sleep drunkenness, also called confusional arousals, is a sleep disorder. People with sleep drunkenness skip the inertia phase, waking up confused a few hours after falling asleep. It lasts between 30 to 40 minutes, and in the morning, you might forget it even happened.
Triggers of sleep inertia or confusional arousals:
• Not getting enough sleep.
• Setting the alarm earlier than usual.
• Waking up unexpectedly from a deep sleep
Obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of circadian rhythm sleep disorder, and shift work sleep disorder can worsen sleep inertia.