Sleep deprivation is an obvious reason for feeling tired and run down, but it’s definitely not the only one. The pressure of careers, family, and extra curricular activities has us constantly on the run, leaving little time to unwind and recharge.
Do you find yourself constantly feeling sluggish and out of it? Do you go through your days just dreaming about hitting the pillow at night? Are you getting the right amount of sleep, but it just never feels like enough? Here are five possible reasons you are always tired:
You’re Eating Too Late
There is nothing worse for sleep than going to bed on a full stomach. Your body is in full on work mode trying to digest all that food, and if you suffer from heartburn, trying to sleep while full won’t help.
You’re Going to Sleep too Late
Here’s a quick science lesson for you: Your body produces melatonin, but barely any in the morning or throughout the day. At around 8 or 9 pm production starts, and really peaks at 1 or 2 am lasting about 12 hours but slowing down at around 8 am. Melatonin decreases our ability to stay alert so that’s why we get tired at night. When we skip that window of premium melatonin production, we skip the best sleep.
You’re Exercising Before Bed
Schedules are tight and sometimes your only option is to workout late at night. Unfortunately this can affect your body temperature and hormones. If possible, wake up earlier to get in your sweat, or else leave at least an hour before bedtime, giving your body time to unwind.
You’re Skipping Meals
We get energy from food and if you aren’t giving your body the right nutrients it needs, you’re going to crash. Eat well, and drink lots of water throughout the day.
You’re Obsessed with your Phone
Spending hours on your phone [or laptop or ipad etc…] before bed can make for a poor night’s sleep because of the bright light stimulation. You may be out but your brain is still working a million miles a minute, as it does while you scroll through pages and pages of information on social media.
Making a few small changes in your life might get you the rest you need, and boost your energy levels.