A day dedicated to celebrate sleep, 17th March is the World Sleep Day. As we talk about beauty, the wellness aspect cannot be left out. The driving force behind all the stacks of skincare is a healthy body from within. A major component of the wellness space is a sound sleep cycle. While we are aware of the eight hours sleep rule and it’s significance, not much has been talked about the phenomenon of oversleeping. Especially amoung the young adults, over-sleep is a most common recurrent. Oversleeping occurs when a person experiences inadequate or poor-quality sleep at night or relies on external sleep aids such as sleeping pills or alcohol. We have onboarded Dr. Manoj Kutteri, Medical Director & CEO, Atmantan Wellness Centre to talk about oversleeping, it’s effects on lifestyle and health, and how to avoid it, so you can get fresh morning selfies like Shraddha Kapoor:

On The World Sleep Day, We Asked An Expert About Oversleeping & How To Avoid It
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Relationship Between Lifestyle And Sleep
The relationship between lifestyle and sleep is closely linked, and many people are experiencing
sleep disturbances due to changes in their daily habits. It is important to identify the lifestyle and
dietary factors that can negatively affect sleep quality. Caffeine consumption can affect sleep patterns, especially if consumed in high amounts or later in the day. As a stimulant, caffeine can remain in the bloodstream for a long time, making it difficult to fall asleep and disrupt the body’s natural circadian rhythm. Regular exercise can help improve sleep quality by increasing heart rate, body temperature,
and the production of neurotransmitters like endorphins and serotonin. However, excessive
exercise or exercising too late in the evening can have the opposite effect and negatively impact
sleep. A diet high in processed and sugary foods can lead to inflammation, weight gain, and other
health complications that can disrupt sleep patterns. Poor sleep hygiene practices, such as
exposure to blue screens, consuming heavy meals before bed, and excessive consumption of
sugar and alcohol, can also affect sleep quality.

Tips To Avoid Oversleeping
To prevent oversleeping, it is advisable to refrain from consuming alcohol, which may only
temporarily induce sleep but can lead to poor sleep quality, resulting in less energy and a
tendency to oversleep. Prolonged screen time for more than two hours can also interfere with the secretion of melatonin, leading to reduced restful sleep at night and sleepiness during the morning hours.
It is recommended to avoid sleeping aids, including various supplements such as melatonin and
medications for anxiety, depression, and antibiotics, and instead opt for natural remedies like
Ashwagandha or St. John’s Wort. Shallow breathing caused by obstructive respiratory tract issues or heavy meals can also lead to tiredness and oversleeping, so practicing deep breathing techniques like Pranayama before bedtime can help promote quality sleep. Additionally, moderate exercise can release endorphins and cytokines that induce drowsiness, but excessive exercise should be avoided to prevent prolonging sleeping time.

About Atmantan
Truly transformative in nature, Atmantan Wellness Centre sits atop a unique crystal hill that
lends this land healing frequencies. Spanning 42 acres of lush Sahyadris, overlooking the
pristine Mulshi Lake near Pune, Atmantan is the holistic amalgamation of the atma (soul), mana
(mind) & tann (body). The internationally acclaimed wellness clinic that has been honored with
‘Best Wellness Centre’ (west) award by the Ministry of Tourism alongside numerous other
accolades, is synonymous with delivering life-altering transformations & guests here partake in
Doctor-prescribed programmes.