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Exhausted After Hours of Sleep

Have you ever gotten 7+ hours of sleep, only to wake up feeling like you only got 30 minutes of sleep? Most of us have experienced grogginess in the morning (some of us are even experiencing this right now!), and sometimes it isn’t due to lack of sleep. The fullness of cycles we sleep through influences this, as sleeping in full cycles will lead to less grogginess.

Our sleep cycles typically last from 70-100 minutes each, and between each cycle is a period where, if you wake up, you will feel well rested. Waking up in the middle of a cycle, however, is when you experience the harmful effects such as disorientation and grumpiness; waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle is almost as “harmful as not sleeping at all” according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, a physician concerned with the effects of interrupting REM. His article on the subject can be found here. This also means that getting 3 hours of sleep where you slept in full cycles can leave you feeling worse than getting 7 hours of sleep of interrupted cycles.

What’s the Solution?

Technology (as always) has a solution., an app that can be downloaded or used directly on the web at, is a bedtime calculator app that determines for you the best times to wake up in the morning to feel the best you can. You input the time you need to be awake by, and the calculator provides you with a few different times that you can set your alarm to to ensure you’ll wake up feeling well-rested.

Taken from the app page in the Google Play app Store

It also takes into account the amount of time it will take you to go to sleep, so no need to account for the extra 15 minutes it takes to actually fall asleep. With the help of this 4.4/5-stars app, several people have revamped and improved their sleep. If you are struggling to stay awake in class after a full night’s sleep and would much rather wake up feeling rejuvenated, is worth a try!

One comment

  1. Thank you so much for this article!! Even though I am a commuter, I still have trouble falling asleep!

    Sania Laraib

    Class of 2019 Business Major Vice President – Muslim Student Association Publicity Chair – Meredith International Association PEARLS Educator

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