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Sleep. It’s a wonderlands of modern science. While we know more now than ever before, there’s still a whole lot we don’t understand about our sleeping habits. And, that can be frustrating, especially when you encounter issues.
And most of us do, at some stage, encounter issues. Sometimes, the reasons are obvious. For instance, not getting enough sleep could lead to severe health issues. Equally, waking up due to an uncomfortable mattress is an evident problem. And, for the most part, these issues have easy fixes. Go to bed earlier, or replace your mattress. There’s nothing complicated about that, right? But, at other times, things aren’t clear-cut. Take, for instance, an issue that plagues more of us than you’d realize. What happens if, despite full night of sleep, you’re still tired ALL THE TIME?
It may sound strange, but it’s a regular occurrence and can boggle the mind. No matter how much sleep you get, you can’t shake that droopy eyelid feeling. And, that can become a problem if you aren’t careful. You don’t need us to tell you that falling asleep at your desk isn’t the best impression. But, how can you deal with the issue when there’s no apparent reason for it? By getting your detective hat on, of course. Remember; no matter how obscure, there’s got to be a clue to your problem somewhere. And, we’re going to look at a few leads to help you solve the mystery.
The clue is in the time?
We’re told, time and again, that we’ll suffer if we don’t get enough sleep. And, the majority of us have some experience to back that fact. So, we make sure to get at least 8-9 hours a night. Shouldn’t that serve us well? Evidently not. And, for a good reason. The unfortunate truth is that getting too much sleep can leave you as tired as not getting enough. A perfect example of this would be when we have a lie in. Have often do you wake up feeling groggy and exhausted after sleeping an hour longer than usual?
For the most part, this happens because oversleeping throws your body’s natural rhythms. Strange as it sounds, your body prepares energy reserves for the moment it’s had enough sleep. If you then keep sleeping, your cells will get a little confused. Strange, we know, and you can find out more about that here. But, the fact is, too much sleep can leave you fatigued, especially if it’s a new thing.
So, start setting your alarm earlier and see how it serves you. Bear in mind that suddenly making a significant change could leave you feeling even worse. To avoid that, change the time by ten minutes a week until you reach a level which works for you. Before you know, you could be waking up fresher than a slice of lemon.
You’re not sleeping as well as you think
This is crazy, right? If anyone knows how well you sleep, shouldn’t it be you? Absolutely. But, that doesn’t mean this is always the case. In reality, it’s possible you aren’t getting as much sleep as you think. The main reason for this is a condition called sleep apnea, which leads to your stopping breathing at intervals in the night. Whenever that happens, you will wake out of deep sleep, but may not be aware of it. Do that ten times in one night, and it’s no wonder you feel like you’ve been hit by a train come the morning.
And, sleep apnea isn’t the only condition which can lead to this happening. Other issues, such as dull aches and pains, can also be to blame. For example, a bad back could briefly wake you up each time you roll over. In that instance, a new mattress might be your best bet. Equally, dull pain in your side could cause you to sleep lighter than usual. In this instance, something like appendicitis may be your problem. If you think that’s the case, look into appendix location or contact a doctor. Either way, you need to make a change if you want to sleep through any time soon.
And, the reasons don’t end there, either. Last on the list; it’s worth considering your behavior before bed. Drinking a nightcap before hitting the sack, for instance, could be your problem. It may help you get to sleep fast, but studies reveal alcohol-induced sleep is light and disruptive. And, that alone would explain your tired state come morning.