Some experts say that if we’re getting enough sleep, we should wake up in the morning ready to tackle the world. However, the majority of people don’t feel like this. Many of us wake up feeling groggy, hit snooze a half a dozen times and only jump out of bed when we’re going to be late for whatever we’re doing that day. If you’re wondering how you can turn this around, here are the reasons you don’t wake up in the morning feeling refreshed:
You Have An Underlying Problem You Don’t Know About
If you’re waking up in the mornings not feeling great, you could potentially have an underlying problem you don’t know about. Sleep problems can be hard to diagnose if you sleep alone, as you don’t always realize what you’re doing in your sleep. You might have sleep apnea, which is where your airways become blocked as you sleep. This causes you to sleep, and can be quite dangerous if you don’t do something about it. If you snore, you could potentially have sleep apnea. There’s also the possibility that you grind your teeth. If you’re stressed, you can grind your teeth as you sleep and feel rubbish when you wake up. You might wake up with a tense jaw and a headache. These problems can come on for a number of other reasons too, so if you’re worried you might have something like this, it’s a good idea to go to the doctor ASAP. They can recommend treatment, such as something to help you sleep and breathe easier. They could give you a mouthguard to stop you from grinding your teeth too.
You “Hate Mornings”
Have you always hated mornings? This one might sound strange, but your beliefs surrounding mornings could actually affect the way you wake up. If you have always told yourself that mornings are awful and you hate them, you’re not going to feel great when it’s time to get up. You can feel this way even if you’re getting enough sleep. Some people don’t realize that their beliefs can make a huge impact on their reality. If you’re only going to get 5 hours of sleep one night (which isn’t enough according to research), but you convince yourself you’ll feel great when you wake up, rather than telling yourself it’ll feel awful, you’ll feel much better. It really works. Work on changing your beliefs around mornings and waking up. The stories we tell ourselves have a bigger impact on our lives than we realize.
You Have A Stressful Job
If you have a stressful job, chances are, you are having an interrupted sleep. You may have nightmares, or talk in your sleep. Stress can also contribute to tooth grinding, as mentioned earlier. You should work to reduce stress in your life as much as you can. Reduce your workload, get some exercise, and leave work at work. Stress can be awful for our physical and mental health, so make sure you work on relaxing.
You Have Too Many Electronic Devices In The Bedroom
Having too many electronic devices in the bedroom can hinder you for a number of reasons. The light emitted by them can confuse our bodies and even stop the production of melatonin in the brain, which helps us to drop off. Reading before bed is great, but studies suggest it’s not so great if you read on a Kindle or another form of e-reader. You should remove these devices from the bedroom, and make sure you’re winding down around 90 minutes before bed. This means no staring into a bright screen. Try reading a physical book instead.
You Drink Alcohol Before Bed
Drinking alcohol before sleep can be a bad idea. Although you might think that it helps you to drop off faster than normal, it also disrupts the body’s natural sleeping pattern, which results in a low quality sleep. It isn’t just about the amount of sleep you get. It’s about the quality of sleep too. Try to avoid drinking alcohol before bed. You definitely shouldn’t be using it as a means to drop off. If you feel you need help to drift off, you should try some special tea and essential oils instead. A professional may even be able to prescribe you something, but becoming reliant on medication is a bad idea too. It doesn’t work on the underlying problem. Natural remedies are always best. Ultimately, if you stay up late drinking in pub sheds, you’re going to regret it!
You Don’t Drink Enough Water
Drinking water during the day is crucial. If you aren’t drinking enough water during the day, you’ll wake up feeling dehydrated. This contributes to that ‘groggy’ feeling. Even those who do drink a fair amount of water can wake up feeling like this. Keep a glass of water by your bed, and drink it as soon as you wake up. It’ll help you to feel better starting out your day. We don’t always feel like drinking a pint of water as soon as we wake up, but try to force yourself to do it. You’ll feel much better. Bear in mind that drinking large amounts of water right before bed can make you get up to go to the toilet during the night, which can also contribute to groggy mornings.
You’re In The Habit Of Snoozing
Once you’re in the habit of pressing snooze on your alarm, it can be a tricky one to get out of. Ideally, we should wake up and get up right away, no snoozing necessary! The worst thing about snoozing is that if you do fall back to sleep, you’ll feel worse when you wake up again as you won’t have had another full sleep cycle. It isn’t quality sleep, and will make you feel much worse. It’s completely pointless. Try setting your alarm for the time you actually want to get out of bed, and not an hour or so in advance. You can also attempt to train yourself to dive out of bed as soon as you hear your alarm, like a bomb going off! This takes practice and discipline, but it works for some.
You’re Not Waking Up Gradually
Waking up gradually can be better than being rudely awoken by an alarm clock or your phone alarm. But how do you wake up gradually? Using a dawn simulator is an effective method for some people. The light gradually brightens in order to rouse the body for the time you’ve set your alarm for. You can also use an app designed to monitor your sleep, so that it can work out the best time to rouse your from your slumber. This is at the lightest part of your cycle. You’ll feel much better waking up at the lightest part than being woken up from a deep sleep!
Your Bed Isn’t Right For You
Have you considered that your bed might not be right for you? Some people need a firmer mattress, while others like it to be soft. It all depends on the person, their health, age, and a number of other factors. You can get more info from BestBedBoutiques.com. Make sure you read up on it carefully if you’re in the market for a new mattress.
You Aren’t The Right Temperature
Being the right temperature as you sleep is really important too. If you’re not, then you probably toss and turn. If you’re too cold in the morning, you’re definitely not going to want to get out of bed. Your room should be around 60 degrees fahrenheit for you to fall asleep optimally. Many people find it’s easier to get out of bed when it’s warmer too.
You’re Depressed or Have SAD
People who are depressed feel like a dead weight is on them when they wake up in the morning. Getting out of bed is a herculean feat. If you are feeling down in the dumps and you have been for a while, it could be a sign you’re depressed. You could also have Seasonal Affective Disorder, which many people get during winter and don’t realize. If you suspect this could be the case, you could consider investing in a SAD lamp. SAD lamps will make you feel like you’re getting more sunshine than you really are, and will make you happier and more energized with continued use.
You Don’t Have A Great Morning Routine
Having a great morning routine is addictive and can make you want to get out of bed whatever your sleep had been like the night before. Rushing around in the morning usually sets that tone for the rest of the day. Instead, take it slow. Read a chapter of a book and make yourself a drink. It’s a great time to visualize how you’d like your day to go too!
You Aren’t Getting The Sleep You Really Need
Finally, it could be the simple fact that you aren’t getting the amount of sleep you need. People usually need 7-9 hours a night, but it can vary. If you get too much or too little, you’ll feel worse. Make a note of when your body naturally likes to wake up and monitor how you feel.