You already know that you should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night, but what are you supposed to do when you still wake up tired? Morning time sluggishness and fatigue could be a sign of something serious, but in most cases, the solution is a simple one. Here are the top reasons why you are still feeling tired after a full night of rest, and how to fix that problem. Always consult your primary care physician before partaking in a new diet or exercise program.
- Quality of Sleep: Even though you may be clocking in enough hours on the pillow, you aren’t getting the quality of sleep you need. Try turning off all screens (computer, phone, TV) 45 minutes to an hour before bed. Unwind with a warm shower, hot herbal tea, and reading or journaling. Make sure the room is completely dark when you go to sleep. Keep the air cool and use a white noise machine to block out any outside noise. If none of these things help, the problem may be your mattress, or you may even have sleep apnea, which can be tested by a doctor.
- Your Diet: You may be noticing a theme with health articles. A healthy diet is essential for maintaining all areas of your health, even your sleep health. It is important to evaluate what you are eating throughout the day. Are you consuming too much sugar? How much caffeine are you getting? Funny enough, cutting back on these two stimulants will actually help you sleep better and wake up refreshed. Be prepared though because cutting out caffeine and sugar can leave you with headaches for a few days. Another thing to add to your diet is magnesium. Majority of people are magnesium-deficient, which could be affecting their sleep and energy levels.
- High Stress: If you fall asleep stressed out or overwhelmed, chances are you are going to carry those feelings into the morning. Stress also messes with your hormones, which is just as bad for your sleep. Stress can be hard to tackle before bed, but try your best by journaling or listening to relaxing music.
If you try all of these tips, yet still wake up feeling more tired, it is best to see a doctor. Chances are there is nothing to worry about, but it is always good to be sure. Your sleep is an important part of your overall health – treat it wisely.
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