Characterising Heavy Sleep: How Much Deep Sleep Do You Need?


Thomas Crawshaw - October 4, 2019 Tom is Happy Beds' sleep and lifestyle content writer. A Creative and Professional Writing graduate, he loves all things Disney, horror films and looking after his family of African Land Snails.

Characterising Heavy Sleep: How Much Deep Sleep Do You Need?

Being a heavy sleeper seems incredibly advantageous. No waking up in the middle of the night when someone flushes the loo, being able to sleep in on a weekend - heavy sleepers seem to have it made. 

Waking up in the middle of the night, even if for a couple of minutes, can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. It would seem then, that heavy sleepers would have amazing sleep patterns and wake up fully-rested - but that isn’t exactly the case. 

How Much Sleep Should You be Getting?

On average, adults should be getting around 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Of course this varies from person to person, but most people function best when they’ve hit this mark. Heavy sleepers can find themselves struggling with this though, as they can easily sleep through their alarms and sleep for longer.

Are You a Heavy Sleeper?

Being a heavy sleeper doesn’t just mean you can sleep through loud noises, you could also be a heavy sleeper if you:

  • Have trouble waking up in the morning
  • Feel sleepy throughout the day, regardless of how much sleep you got
  • Find a nap doesn’t improve your tiredness
  • Have loss of appetite
  • Suffer trouble with thinking or memory
  • Feel anxious

Of course, if you’re concerned over your sleeping habits and how they’re affecting your health and well being, consult a medical professional.

Is Being a Heavy Sleeper a Good Thing?

For light sleepers, there seems to be nothing better than being able to sleep through anything. Having the ability to sleep through the night undisturbed must be a heaven send. But heavy sleepers face their fair share of problems too. 

Oversleeping can have various impacts on your health and wellbeing. While most heavy sleepers probably find they don’t experience these symptoms, it’s worth noting that sleeping too long can affect you. Heavy sleepers are more likely to suffer from:

  • Mental health problems
  • Impaired fertility
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Inflammation
  • Heart disease
  • Strokes later in life

A study by Michael A. Grandner and Sean P.A. Drummond took a look at the morality associated with long sleep. They highlighted the importance of getting a balanced night’s sleep - not too long and not too short - and discuss the effects that oversleeping may have on us.

They found that depression, fatigue, sleep fragmentation, immune function, lack of drive, underlying disease and even the function of our organs are impacted by regularly getting too much sleep. 

Sleeping in for a few hours on the weekend isn’t exactly going to cause these things, but oversleeping can become extremely dangerous if you’re routinely sleeping longer than you should be.

How Can You Stop Oversleeping?

Trying to battle oversleeping and learning how to not be a heavy sleeper can seem like a daunting task at first, but it’s the little things that can help you get your sleeping patterns back in order and get you back to a regular sleep length. 

Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan, author of Tired but Wired, says oversleeping isn’t always about needing more sleep, but rather being exhausted because of other factors. To prevent oversleeping, she suggests:

  • Setting frequent alarms
  • Getting into bed before midnight
  • Eating breakfast within the first half an hour of waking up
  • Falling asleep thinking of something you’re looking forward to
  • Avoiding technology for as long as possible before bed
  • Dealing with any negative emotions as best as you can before sleeping

Read more: Are You a Light Sleeper?

Heavy Vs Light Sleeper 

Now we’ve taken a look at the issues behind being a heavy sleeper, you may like to read our blog on being a light sleeper to see the differences between the two. Both types of sleeper can struggle, showing that it’s best to find a middle ground and either reduce or increase the amount of hours you’re sleeping.

We understand it isn’t easy to do this, and it can take a while for our bodies to get used to a new sleeping pattern. But as long as you’re taking baby steps and heading in the right direction, that’s all that matters.

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