Do you always wake up in the morning and find that despite sleeping the night before you’re still exhausted? It can feel like getting out of bed is a never-ending struggle as your mind or your body tells you that what you actually need is more rest. What’s going wrong here?
This can severely impact your life. It can make you lethargic during your time at work, leading to poor reviews and a low level of achievement in your career. It can cause issues with your personal life because you are constantly falling asleep when you should be paying attention. This leads people to believe that you are either bored or perhaps simply not the type of person they want to be around.
The good news is that there are various causes for this type of extreme fatigue. Unfortunately, they don’t all have simple solutions. Let’s start by looking at some of the more common problems and work our way towards the complex issues.
Not Enough Sleep?
Yep, perhaps you’re just not getting enough sleep through the night. Maybe you only get about six hours a night when you really need eight. In this case, your body is right, and you do need more rest to function effectively through the day. We’re all different but eight hours sleep is roughly the level of rest that you need to try and obtain each night.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, you need to try and correct the pattern. Go to bed a little earlier to give you a few more hours. If this doesn’t work and you’re not getting to sleep any earlier, it may be because you’re simply not doing enough through the day. You should try and add some exercise to your daily routine, perhaps a couple of hours before you go to bed. This should help you obtain a better level of rest.
You might be a restless sleeper, tossing and turning each night. In cases like this, you are technically getting the right level of sleep. Since your body is constantly moving and wriggling around you still feel exhausted by the time the next day begins. If that’s the case, you might want to try adding a few more bananas to your diet. Bananas are rich in potassium and as such regulate body movements and muscle spasms. Eat bananas, and you’ll find you stay still through the night. At the very least this will come as a welcome surprise to whoever has to sleep next you. Of course, there can be more serious reasons for a restless night.
You might suffer from sleep apnea. This is a breathing difficulty that actually temporarily wakes patients up in the middle of the night, often coughing or choking. It’s quite common with about eighteen million adults in America suffering from the condition. The good news is that it isn’t life threatening and unless you do sleep next to someone, you might not even be aware that you have it. You can also get sleep apnea treatment, and this ranges from a mask that you can wear in bed to surgery. It all depends on how much you think this issue is affecting your life.
Are You Depressed?
If you wake up and already feel exhausted there is the possibility that it’s a mental issue rather than a physical one. Depression is diagnosed in patients who feel sad or upset for long periods ranging from months to years. However, not being able to muster up the energy to get up in the morning can be one of the early signs. You need to ask yourself how often you feel this way. If it’s quite rare than it’s nothing to worry about. We all have days when we feel low, and our mood isn’t constantly elevated. If it’s becoming a regular occurrence, it might be time to visit a doctor and speak to them about your issue. They may be able to get you the help you need.
Is It Your Diet?
Research does show that what we eat affects our level of energy and how we feel. Interestingly, healthy food like fruit and veg result in higher levels of energy compared to sugar and chocolate that gives us something of an energy burst. For a constant good feeling, you really want to make sure that you’re eating well and keeping a good healthy diet.
We hope this helps you find the cause of your own exhaustion and start tackling it head-on.