How To Wake Up Heavy/Light Sleepers

It’s usually more difficult to wake up a heavy sleeper completely from a deep sleep than it is to wake up a light sleeper. The heavy sleeper more often than not wants to go back to sleep.

It’s complicated to find the perfect solution to wake a deep sleeper. One of the most typical way used is a really loud alarm clock with the sound of a horn. Sometimes it’s something emotional by just demanding the person is needed somewhere by a certain time. Everyone is different and a variety of things may work for different people.

You may be a light sleeper sleeping with someone who gets up several times during the night, or a heavy sleeper who can’t understand why your weary partner constantly complains about the neighbor’s barking dogs, or your growling snore. Even if you sleep alone, being an overly light or extremely heavy sleeper can interfere with day-to-day living to the extent that you may need to seek help getting to the root of the problem.

During sleep, it seems that heavy sleepers simply don’t hear noise the same as their light sleeper counterparts do, so that they are better able to enjoy undisturbed sleep. The physiological basis for this is being elucidated with research from Harvard University.  Using functional MRI and EEG analyses during sleep, the minds of heavy sleepers were seen to produce more pulses known as sleep spindles, which prevent sound from reaching the part of the brain known as the thalamus, where we become aware of external noise.

A heavy sleeper usually likes to wake up gradually. Most of the time it takes quite a bit to get a heavy sleeper up and alert in the morning. They might sleep right through their alarm in the morning, or just shut it off entirely before their fully awake an not even remember what they have done. It’s not that they don’t get enough sleep, because they usually go to sleep when they’re sleepy, it’s just that they require a tittle more sleep than normal. Their body just need a day that’s slightly longer that 24 hours. They need a very loud alarm clock to keep them on schedule or they would sleep later and later each day. Before you know it they are sleeping until noon.

An alarm clock for a heavy sleeper needs to have multiple extremely load alarms. Each alarm that gets progressively louder until the snooze button is pushed, Starts louder with each successive snooze cycle. Easy to use the snooze button, but hard to accidentally turn off completely. The Snooze time gets shorter each iteration until the maximum total snooze time is reached and the sleeper is awoken with a screamingly loud alarm.  If you find it almost impossible to get up in the morning, set two heavy sleeper alarm clocks and, if necessary, place one across the room from your bed so that you will actively have to engage yourself by getting up to turn it off.

If you’re a light sleeper, you may benefit from white noise, such as an environmental sound machine, to diffuse any sudden external noise that could wake you up during the night. An air conditioner or air cleaner that produces a low-level hum can serve the same purpose.

Light sleepers are more likely to smoke and drink alcohol and are usually less physically active than normal and heavy sleepers, according to a 2008 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These statistics do not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between light sleepers and certain lifestyle habits, but they do highlight activities you may want to consider adjusting when you’re trying to get a better night’s sleep.

Light sleepers usually like to wake up to soft music or light sounds of nature.


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