Waking up feel just as tired, if not more tired, than when you went to sleep is one of the worst feelings in the world. The whole point of going to bed is to wake up feeling well rested and ready to tackle the day ahead, which you can’t do effectively when you wake up too tired to get going. Sleep loss is a serious issues, not just for your daily productivity, but also for your health.
Our bodies need good, quality sleep each night and if something is causing you to experience some sleep loss, then it is time to take stock of the situation and determine what is derailing your zzz’s so that you can get some better sleep at night. Assuming that you’ve already eliminated things like a snoring partner or loud neighbors that can be remedied with ear plugs or a good white noise machine, it is time to consider other factors. To help you narrow down the culprits, let’s look at a few surprising things that can totally wreck your sleep without you even realizing it.
Sleeping With Your Pets
Do you have a dog, cat or other pet that you let snuggle up to you as you drift off to sleep? If so, this is likely resulting in some of your sleep woes. Unlike humans, animals do not function on the same sleep and wake cycle. This means that your furry little four-legged friend might be ready to get up and move around after only a few hours of sleep. And what you’re not realizing is that the moving around is disrupting your sleep. Though it might not be what you want to hear, try keeping the pets out of the bed for a few nights and see if you get a more restful night’s sleep after the little experiment.
Those Nightcaps and Wine
When you have a little wine with dinner or a nightcap after dinner, it makes you feel a little drowsy, right? Well, do not let that fool you into thinking that it helps your sleep because it doesn’t! Yes, alcohol makes you sleepy right after consuming it, but that is not the only effect of it. After a few hours when it wears off and makes its way out of your bloodstream, it wakes up your body. And if you are trying to sleep when this happens, then you have a real problem on your hands. If you are drinking alcohol less than two hours before bedtime, then your sleep cycle is getting interrupted. No one is saying that you need to stop drinking at night, but for the sake of your sleeping quality, you should consider stopping the alcohol at least two hours before you plan on hitting the sack.
Feeling That Acid Reflux?
Though you might not have been diagnosed by a doctor, there is a chance that a little acid reflux is causing your sleep disturbances. Known as GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disorder, this condition causes stomach acid to back up into your esophagus when you lay down at night. It is often accompanied by heartburn and pain. The good news is that you can easily cope with this by propping yourself up on some pillows so that the stomach acid will not be able to works its way back up. You can also visit a local doctor to get tested for GERD and see what other treatment options are available, including dietary changes that might help.
What Kind of Pills Are You Popping?
Some supplements, vitamins and medications can give you some serious sleep issues. For instance, ginseng, vitamin B6 and B12 all can cause sleep disturbances. Some pain killers do the same, much like alcohol where they knock you out initially but wake you back up in a few hours. Try looking on the bottles for possible side effects to see if insomnia or other sleep problems are included. You can also write down all the pills that you take daily and bring it to you family doctor for a consultation.
Got Any Type of Body Pain?
Whether you have a headache, arthritis, menstrual pain or sore muscles, pretty much any type of pain in the body will cause some sleep issues. The level of the pain is not important as even a bit of minor pain that does not wake you can disturb your sleep. Why? Because when the body is sending out those pain signals, it totally messes with your ability to get your zzz’s. This is why people who experience chronic pain often mention feeling tired and fatigued. To get this condition in control, visit with your family doctor for a consultation.