We all know how important sleep is, or we should at least. It contributes to better mental health, alertness and intelligence, weight control, the immune system, physical strength, energy levels and much, much more. However, there are some people who deal with constant feelings of exhaustion even when they think they’re getting a full night’s sleep. There might be more going on under the surface than you’re aware of. Here are a few problems that might be getting in the way of true sleep and what you can do about it.
Discover your comfort
The environment you’re sleeping in is going to have plenty of effect on how good a night’s rest you get, naturally. Sleeping in spite of bad conditions won’t work well for anyone. A high-quality bed should both support your frame and comfort it at the same time. Similarly, poor linens or pillow covers that are abrasive or have a low thread count can create a tactile irritation that’s going to make it a lot harder to sink into a deep sleep. You might also want to consider trying different sleeping positions.
Pave the way to bedtime
How you approach the bed matters just as much as how well-suited it is to a night’s sleep as well. In particular, one of the most common issues is that people spend too much time with their electronics before bedtime. These electronic screens produce “blue light” which has been proven to curb the growth of melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate our body clock and manage a good night’s rest. The same goes for having too a mind at night or dealing with stress. Take the time to relax, use some aromatherapy to clear your mind and maybe even meditate before bed.
Make sure sleep is truly uninterrupted
You might not be sleeping as deep as you think you do. There are plenty of sleep disorders that can go undiagnosed, but by far one of the most disruptive and potentially dangerous is sleep apnea. Once diagnosed, it can be treated fairly easily with a sleep apnea machine. Another condition that might keep you more awake than you think is grinding your teeth, which can also do obvious damage to your teeth and jaw but can be treated with massage therapy and use of a mouthguard at night. Get your doctor involved in the conversation is you can’t seem to get away from daily exhaustion.
Finding the “just right” amount of sleep
How much sleep we get, making sure it’s not too much and not too little, is important, too. However, sticking to the “eight-hour” rule and setting alarms for precisely that time isn’t as helpful as you think it might be. Instead, we should be measuring our sleep cycles. We slip in and out of deep sleep in these cycles. Waking up in the middle of one and interrupting it will make us feel a lot more tired throughout the day. There are sites like Sleepytime, however, that do follow your sleep cycles and can tell you exactly when to prepare your alarm for so that you wake yourself at precisely the right time to do so. The difference between waking up during a sleep cycle and waking up between them is immediate.
You should never accept regular feelings of exhaustion as the norm. It could be a sign that something more serious is going on or simply that you’re not truly getting the sleep you should be.