Some call it sleep inertia; others, more bluntly, refer to it as sleep drunkenness. It’s the feeling that comes from waking up in the morning, likely in the middle of a deep sleep, and having the inability to think or function properly for an extended amount of time. Examples include: slurred speech, confusion and poor coordination.
Oh, and how could we forget? Short memory. A new survey from Quaker Oats (yes, that Quaker Oats) found that 60 percent of British commuters said they regularly show up to work without any recollection of how they got there, an effect of putting their brains on autopilot in the morning.
The survey of 2,000 participants also found that, on average, people don’t feel they’re able to function properly on weekdays until 9:40 a.m, though they’re most effective at 11:22 a.m. Nearly half of employees also admitted there have been times when they couldn’t bother to answer the phone in the morning because the grogginess hadn’t worn off yet.
So just how long is sleep drunkenness supposed to last, anyway? It can be anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours, experts believe. If you regularly suffer from sleep drunkenness, you can prevent it by getting more, and more consistent, sleep as well as forcing yourself out of bed when the alarm rings. (Find some tips about ways to improve your sleep hygiene here)
Soon enough, you’ll go from this:
(h/t: The Daily Mail)