You easily get eight hours of sleep a night, but you still wake up exhausted. It happens a lot. There is often a cause, but it is not always easy to determine. The good news is: if you know what is causing it, there is usually something you can do about it. Do you already know these surprising reasons? These are six.
In most cases, waking up unfit is accompanied by restless sleep, broken nights or too little sleep. Quite logical! However, it is also possible that you sleep eight hours a night and still wake up tired and lethargic. Then there is often something else going on. What exactly? It could be due to one of these six unknown reasons.
1. You sleep with your smartphone in your bedroom
Staring at your phone in bed for hours is never good for a good night’s sleep. But did you know that even if you don’t touch your phone, it can still affect your sleep? This has to do with the radiation from your smartphone. Residential biologist Astrid Tax previously told healthyNU that a mobile phone makes contact with the nearest transmission tower every few seconds. This signal is also received by the head during sleep and can cause vague complaints. That could be the reason why you don’t wake up feeling fit. Therefore, ban your smartphone from your bedroom or put it on airplane mode. Then you can be sure that this jammer is turned off.
2. You suffer from grinding your teeth
Do you wake up every morning with a tired, pounding head or a sore jaw? You may be grinding your teeth while you sleep. Stress can cause the muscles in the shoulders, neck and jaw to tighten without you realizing it. So it’s no wonder that you don’t wake up fit. Taking magnesium can help reduce stress and relax your muscles. Do you keep grinding your teeth? Then ask your dentist for advice. Teeth grinding not only disrupts your night’s sleep, but you also literally grind away your teeth. Wearing a special mouthguard can often help.
3. You wake up tired from talking or sleepwalking
While you think you are lying quietly on one ear, you may also be babbling or even worse: sleepwalking. There is a good chance that you will wake up tired. Sleepwalkers usually don’t realize they are doing this, so it is important that your partner or roommate is alert to this. Doing a relaxation exercise every night before going to sleep can prevent you from sleepwalking or talking in your sleep. Writing down your thoughts can also help.
4. You suffer from heartburn
Waking up in the morning with a bad taste in your mouth and a lethargic feeling could mean that you are suffering from heartburn. Because you lie down when you sleep, acidic stomach contents can more easily flow back into your esophagus. Sometimes you don’t notice it at all. However, this can negatively affect your sleep, making it difficult for you to wake up. Not eating anything before going to bed, drinking as little alcohol as possible and not taking painkillers before going to bed can reduce the chance of getting heartburn.
5. You drink too little
Do you drink too little water during the day? It could be the reason you wake up tired in the morning. Drinking enough water is important for your brain and nervous system. Therefore, drink enough during the day, but also drink a glass before you go to bed. During your sleep you dehydrate, which causes your brain to shrink and you wake up drowsy. Drinking before bed will keep you hydrated and keep blood and oxygen flowing to your brain. This means you sleep better and wake up feeling better.
6. You are in menopause
Most women experience menopause between the ages of forty and sixty. When you’re going through menopause, feeling tired can last throughout the day, even when you wake up. This is due to the estrogen level in your body dropping significantly. Estrogen provides your cells with energy, among other things. When your body produces less estrogen, you automatically have less energy. By eating healthy, exercising and resting, the symptoms during menopause can be reduced. If that is not the case, treatment with hormones is an option. Always discuss this with your doctor.
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