According to the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, tiredness is not an uncommon issue. Around 15.3% of women and 10.1% of men regularly experience extreme tiredness. Feeling tired is normal, right?
Well, doctors disagree. You experience fatigue when your body doesn’t receive enough rest time. What does that mean? In short, you’re tired when you suffer from sleep deprivation. But, you say, I have just woken up! As unbelievable as it sounds, just because you were asleep, it doesn’t mean that you are not sleep-deprived.
Your body needs a good night’s sleep to rest and recharge its batteries. So if you can’t blame your tiredness on the loud neighborhood or your long working hours, here are some of the most commonly overlooked sleep thieves:
You’re Stressed Out
Stress is not just a state of mind. It is a physical and emotional reaction. Unfortunately, a lot of people wrongly assume that stress disappears once they go to sleep. In reality, stress can continue to affect your body, even at night. The stress hormones, for instance, can make it hard to have a restful sleep pattern. Therefore, if you’re having a hard day, try to relax before you go to bed.
Create a relaxing routine that includes mindful fun and gratefulness. Learning to let go of negative thoughts to focus on the bright side of life can do wonders to your bedtime routine!
You’ve Got Sleep Apnea
What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is essentially a condition that means that your body stops breathing when you sleep. When it happens, the body wakes you up to restart the breathing process. It can occur several times at night, which is why you can get up feeling tired in the morning. You may not remember you’ve woken up, but you can find simple ways of testing for the condition. Sleep clinics can run these tests for you, but it can be tricky to arrange for an appointment. That’s why the Wellue Health Blog can give you some helpful guidelines on how to check for sleep apnea.
Admittedly, the home test doesn’t exclude professional appointments, but it can also help you find out more about your condition.
You Netflix and Chill Too Much
With the pandemic going on, most people have been spending their evenings at home. Let’s be honest: The Netflix and Chill night-in has been a favorite for everyone. However, you can have too much of a good thing…
Approximately 7 in 10 Netflix watchers fall asleep to the sound of TV shows. Keeping a screen in your bedroom can lead to sleep disorders. First of all, we’re all too familiar with the “next episode” button on Netflix. It’s conveniently placed so that you end up binge-watching an entire season in one evening. Oops. Additionally, the screen light can disrupt your sleep pattern, so that even if you’re sleeping, you can’t rest.
Ideally, you want to keep Netflix out of the bedroom, so you can relax in bed.
It’s time to change your sleep routine. When you wake up tired even though you slept, it means that your bedtime routine needs improving. Stress, sleep apnea, and TV are the three main culprits that end up stealing your sleep away.
So to fight the sleepyhead syndrome in the morning, you need to make your bedtime routine a priority.
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