In theory, waking up after a solid eight hour night of sleep should lead to a productive and energetic day. In reality, however, many people still feel as fatigued and sluggish as if they were up all night partying. It can seem that no matter how much sleep you get in a night, it does not help the unwanted sluggishness that affects your day-to-day life.
Don’t confuse fatigue for sleepiness. While they may have similar feelings, the reasons behind each are different. There could be many reasons for the constant feeling of lethargy, not one of which is related to the amount of sleep you got the night before.
If you are struggling with persistent fatigue, perhaps identifying one of these reasons below will help you shake the feelings of tiredness after a good night’s sleep.
Lack of exercise: While many think that exercise will make you more tired, working out actually gets the blood flowing and gives you more energy for the rest of the day. Many find that certain exercises such as yoga or tai-chi help improve sleep.
Sleep apnea and fat: When your body has too much fat, it has to work harder than normal for everyday activities. That extra work can make a person feel fatigued. Additionally, obesity can lead to sleep apnea which greatly disrupts the sleep cycle. Just like above, a bit of exercise can help remedy both the obesity and the tiredness issues.
Too much caffeine: It’s a midday tradition in many offices across the country – you have to have that midday cup of coffee to get through the afternoon. And maybe even sneak another cup or two throughout the day. Having too much caffeine can lead to a dependence, and without a steady fix of caffeine the crash can be just as incapacitating as getting no sleep. Additionally, caffeine can still be in your body as you try to go to bed, interfering with the body’s normal REM cycle. A simple solution to this one is to just cut down on caffeine, and try to avoid it anywhere close to bedtime.
Stressed out: Stress and anxiety takes can take a huge toll on a person’s energy level. Whether someone is dealing with a breakup, job troubles, or family issues, the stress can drain them mentally and physically. If this problem persists, the best course of action would be to consult a doctor.
Depression: Fatigue is often a symptom of depression, along with anxiety and weight gain. In addition to speaking with a doctor, try adding some herbal mood enhancers such as St. John’s wart to your diet.
A good night’s sleep has numerous health benefits, so even if you are feeling tired don’t disregard the benefits of your sleep the night before. Chances are the sluggish feeling is coming from somewhere else. Talk to your doctor for more solutions to fatigue.