Have you ever felt exhausted after waking up in the morning, even though
you got a good 6 hours of sleep? We get it, nothing feels worse than
going to bed early and still waking up feeling like you haven’t rested
enough. Sleep is very important.
Have you ever thought that this could be a result of some of your
everyday habits? Maybe those habits are zapping your energy so much that
even a good night’s sleep isn’t able to provide you with ample rest. It
may be that your active lifestyles or the hectic schedules are at fault
here. Anyway, we put our sleep-related queries to some health and
wellness experts and came up with the following list of reasons that are
responsible for you not getting the rest that you need so desperately.
Read on to find out more.
1. Your Stomach Is Angry With You
Do you wake up with a burning sensation in your chest? Then, you could
have some serious digestion issues like GERD (gastroesophageal reflux
disease). It’s a phenomenon where the food contents in the stomach are
pushed back to the esophagus (1). To avoid this, avoid including citrus
foods, spicy foods, and high-fat foods in your dinner. Eat light and
healthy foods for dinner. This will not irritate your stomach and you
will wake up feeling better.
2. You’re Binge-Watching TV Shows
We understand that watching interesting content on digital fora like
Netflix is a great way to wash the worries of the day away. We also get
that you don’t want to miss out on any television series that might be
the talk of town. But the truth is that electronics have a tendency to
stimulate our brains and keep us up all night. The light from these
electronic devices affects our body’s level of melatonin, a hormone
responsible for our sleep cycles (2). Therefore, save the binge-watching
for an afternoon on a weekend. Instead, adopt the habit of reading a
book before sleeping.
3. You’re Drinking Beverages Before Going To Bed
You could be guzzling a soda, sipping a cup of hot tea or coffee in
order to unwind after a long day but this can disrupt your sleep. And
mind you, caffeine is the major culprit here; if you want to get a sound
sleep don’t drink tea or coffee before bed or even late in the
afternoon (3). Even drinking carbonated beverages can affect your sleep
as it irritates the bladder, making you take frequent trips to the
bathroom at night.
4. You’re Taking Your Phone To Bed With You
Did our fathers or forefathers take their landline phones to bed? Its
only after the cell phones came into our world that they assumed the
role of our friends whom we end up taking with us everywhere, be it the
loo, our beds, and other places where they aren’t even required. Keep
your cell phone at a table near your bed, and try to forget about it.
5. You’re Sleeping At A Different Time Each Night
Maintaining healthy sleeping patterns is the best thing to do if you
want to wake up fresh. The best sleep ritual that you can start
immediately is to sleep and wake up at the same time, on all seven days
of the week. Sleeping at the same time every day ensures that you get a
good night’s sleep (4). It’s like training your body and making it
understand at what hours it needs to switch off and rejuvenate.
6. You’re Not Unwinding Before Bed
Most of us think that after a tiring day we should just hit the sack to
give our body the rest it requires. But hey! What about the mind? It
needs to relax too, right? And the best way for that is to unwind after a
tough day by doing things you like. Do activities that make you feel
peaceful — meditate, talk over the phone with your parents, or just read
your favorite book in that happy corner of your house. Take some time
to relax before going to bed. It will help you sleep well and you will
wake up feeling refreshed.
7. You’re Having Medicines That Affect Sleep
Of course, medicines are taken to cure whatever illness we suffer from.
But there are certain medicines that can also contribute to your morning
fatigue. This is because they make you feel drowsy all day long, while
some can even cause insomnia (5). These side effects can mean that you
sleep fitfully at night which will make you tired in the morning.
Therefore, make it a point to ask your doctor about the side effects of
the medicines that he/she is prescribing you.
If you follow these tips and tricks to maintain a healthy and ordered
sleeping schedule, you are bound to wake up feeling fresh and recharged
the next day. Are you aware of any other habits like these that can help
us feel completely recharged in the morning? Do let us know in the