No matter where you've heard it, you probably know it's beneficial to your health to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night. So, you rest the recommended amount of time. The next day, you wake up feeling a little tired, and not even a hot shower or cup of coffee can remedy the grogginess. What gives?
Waking up feeling lethargic isn't unusual. But if it's happening regularly, there might be underlying issues to address. Here are a few reasons why you may still feel tired even after a full night's sleep.
Oddly enough, oversleeping can cause you to wake up feeling tired. The biggest reason why people oversleep is to catch up on missed sleep. So if you only slept five hours the previous night, you can make up for lost time by snoozing 10 hours the next evening, right? Unfortunately, that's not the case. According to a Harvard Medical School study, when you overcompensate for missed sleep, your focus and reaction times are just as poor as if you were to pull an all-nighter.
Consistency is the best way to combat oversleeping, so try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. A sleep-tracking app can be an effective way to manage your sleep patterns.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common condition that causes an uncomfortable sensation in your legs, forcing you to move them to relieve the pain. RLS usually happens at night, making it difficult to fall asleep and leaving you tired in the morning. Doctors aren't sure what exactly causes RLS, but there are lifestyle changes you make to alleviate the symptoms. Using a standing desk at work, going for daily walks, and practicing yoga are all good ways to combat RLS.
Blue Light Exposure
Whether it's your phone, tablet, computer, or all of the above, these electronics emit blue light. The problem with blue light is that it suppresses the release of melatonin — the hormone responsible for regulating your sleep-wake cycle. This makes it tougher to get quality sleep, which can leave you feeling groggy once you wake up.
Poor Sleep Environment
Your bedroom is a sanctuary, so it deserves to be treated like one. One environmental aspect that can affect the quality of your slumber is sleep temperature. If your bedroom is too hot or too cold, you might have trouble falling asleep. According to experts, the best temperature for sleep is somewhere between 60 to 67 degrees. Also, consider getting our ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE Sheet Set. These breathable sheets boast technical fibers that wick moisture away better than cotton, ensuring you don't wake up damp or sweaty in the middle of the night.
Additionally, if stiffness or aches come with your morning fatigue, it might be time to replace your mattress. Consider our Airstream Max Graphite Cooling Mattress to take your sleep to the next level. Crafted with style and innovation, this mattress provides layers of technical performance materials to enhance comfort, breathability, and temperature regulation.