You’re quite sure that you had some sleep but you feel like you didn’t get any sleep. Worry not because there’s an explanation for it.
If you no longer want to feel tired and heavy-eyed the moment that your alarm clock goes off, keep on reading — below you will come across some of the most common reasons for constantly waking up feeling tired.
You Go Online Before Sleeping
Is it your habit to check out your social media feed or watch funny video clips online before catching some shut-eye? Then don’t be surprised if it seems like you’re constantly deprived of sleep.
According to experts, blue light that your smartphone (or any other gadget with a display panel) emits can wreak havoc on your body’s synthesis of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleeping and waking cycles.
Rather than use your smartphone to help you get to sleep, consider other activities that do not expose you to blue light. Some wonderful examples are listening to music, writing in your journal or reading a book.
You are Waking Up Several Times at Night
One of the possible reasons why you feel deprived of sleep even after spending several hours in bed is you are being roused from your trip to dreamland a number of times all night long.
Sometimes you are completely aware of those reasons such as frequently going to the toilet to pee or experiencing leg cramps. There are times that the reason is sue to a medical condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated.
There are times in which the causes are environmental in nature like the honking of cars or barking of dogs. Experts recommend the use of a white noise machine or app to mask environmental stimuli.
You Use Alcohol as a Sleep Aid
If you think that drinking alcohol allows you to fall asleep right away and thus enable you to enjoy plenty of sleep, think again — it’s likely to be the reason why you feel tired in the morning.
While it’s true that alcohol can send you catching some shut-eye in no time, the kind of sleep that you can obtain from alcohol consumption is fragmented and unrefreshing.
Rather than take alcohol before hitting the hay, consider drinking a cup of chamomile tea or a glass of warm milk. You may also ask your primary health care provider about supplementing with melatonin capsules.
You are Snacking on the Wrong Foods
It’s no secret that having a light snack before going to bed or while already in bed can help you fall asleep without trouble. However, sometimes what you are snacking on can keep you from having rejuvenating sleep.
For instance, a treat that’s acidic, spicy or greasy can trigger acid reflux, something that can keep you from having a good night’s sleep due to a nasty bout of heartburn.
Experts suggest for you to have something sweet if you want to have some sweet dreams — but nothing that’s extremely packed with sugar that can leave you hyper and thus keep you from falling asleep.
You Could Have a Sleep Disorder
In some instances, that feeling of being exhausted in the morning even after getting a decent amount of sleep can be blamed on a sleep disorder, health authorities say.
One example of a sleep disorder that can leave you feeling tired is sleep apnea. It is characterized by a cessation in your breathing several times throughout the night, thus keeping your brain and the entire body from getting oxygen.
Especially if your bed partner is complaining that you are snoring loudly all night long, it’s a good idea for you to consult a sleep specialist — sleep apnea is a serious matter that can put your health in danger.