Have you ever felt like you've slept the past 8 hours, and instead of waking up feeling refreshed, you wake up wondering about the reasons why you wake up tired? Who would've thought after getting a full night's rest, there would still be reasons why you wake up tired? Here they are!
Sometimes you stay up at night and think about the things you need to do in the morning, and this definitely is one of the reasons why you wake up tired. Studies show that thinking of things that don't cause relaxation actually stress you out even more, causing anxiety, which leads to a restless night!
Stresses in life are inevitable, I've come to terms with that, but, taking those stresses to bed will linger in your mind and actually make you restless and anxious. It makes it hard for the mind and body to relax at night and rest if you're stressing! Relax! You'll sleep better and wake up refreshed.
I know I am guilty of this. If I find a new game or gaming app that I get addicted to, I try and stay up and play the game to get to the next level. This definitely drains all your energy and leaving you more tired than before. Put the game down, and step away! It's time to get ready for bed!
4. SCARY MOVIES
I LOVE scary movies! Whether it's not real or if it's true, I will watch it! Sometimes I find myself turning on the lights, and adding night lights to every crevice of my room. So, if you know you're scared of watching scary movies, and scary thoughts go into your head, think of happy, positive things and leave a light on. Oh, and drink some tea to ease the jitters!
5. LATE NIGHT SNACKING
I'm beyond guilty of this. Sometimes I get hungry and all I wanna do is snack on things. Eating past your normal diet actually takes longer for your body to break down the nutrients and digest food properly. If you're like me where fries or chips become your snack, it sure does make it easy to sleep because you're full, but, it also makes you sluggish in the morning.
I never like to go to bed angry at my husband, but, laying in bed and fighting isn't a good thing either. If you are having an argument with a loved one - don't do it laying in bed. It creates a negative tension and atmosphere making it impossible to sleep. Forgive and try and forget.
I have two toddlers, a two year old and a three year old. Once in a while, and especially now during cold/flu season, I find myself waking up at odd hours of the night tending to my kids. This can definitely get you exhausted. So, what I end up doing is falling asleep in one of the twin beds and calling it a night.
8. Grinding Your Teeth or Jaw
Sometimes we're not always aware of the odd things that happen when we're sleeping, and grinding our teeth could be one of them. According to MSN.com, if you're someone who grinds their teeth or clenches the jaw in their sleep, chances are your body isn't getting enough deep sleep. Your body is too active for you to rest and get into a deep sleep mode, which is why you're waking up tired.
9. Restless Leg Syndrome
Along with grinding of the teeth, restless leg syndrome is another condition that could be preventing you from a deeper, more sound sleep. There are different things that cause RLS; medications, diabetes, and even arthritis. Check with your doctor to rule out anything major if you are always waking up from constantly moving all over the bed.
10. Sleep Apnea
This condition is very serious, but is not always detected by the person with the problem. Sleep Apnea is when you have moments during sleep where you stop breathing because your airway is blocked. Sometimes people only find out they have this condition because their partner notices it. However, if you have been feeling very fatigued lately, are having problems functioning, or begin to have vision problems along with these other symptoms, see your doctor to talk about having a sleep study done.
If you're waking up feeling groggy in the morning it could be the first sign of a cold or sinus infection. You don't always need to go to the doctor for a cold if it isn't anything serious, but perhaps you should just stay in bed today and try to get more rest and plenty of fluids like hot tea with honey.
These are a few things that I have realized make me wake up tired. I know this isn't for everyone either, but, do you have any advice on the topic? Or do you have any reasons why you wake up tired? Let me know! And, I hope you get a good night's rest!