On average, we should be getting between seven and eight hours of sleep a night, but even with this amount many of us still struggle to get up in the morning.
Hectic lifestyles and stress can put pay to quality sleep and good energy levels, while conditions such as anaemia and an underactive thyroid can cause us to feel more tired than usual. However, a number of people will feel constantly tired for no apparent reason.
Well there may actually be several things you are doing during your day that are causing your energy levels to linger and your sleep to suffer.
Below is a quick guide to some of the real reasons you’re so tired:
You have the wrong pillow
Even if you manage to get to bed early and sleep till morning, your pillow could be the reason why you struggle to get up once the sun rises. Your pillow should be sturdy enough so that your neck and spine are fully supported while you sleep. An old or uncomfortable pillow will cause you to toss and turn all night, which prevents your body from getting the rest it needs.
You wake several times during the night
If you wake up several times during the night, you could be losing up to an hour of valuable sleep. To tackle this, consider what is causing you to wake up and try to fix it. For example, if worry is keeping you awake, write down all your fears before you go to bed and put them aside to deal with in the morning. If you get up to go to the toilet, be mindful of reducing how much you drink before going bed.
You spend a lot of time indoors
If your daily routine means you rarely spend time outside, you could be lacking in vitamin D. Sunshine is the primary source of vitamin D which is essential for boosting your immune system and your overall health and well-being. It can also help to prevent common colds and flu, which can further affect your energy levels. Find out more about boosting your vitamin D here.
You watch too much TV
Although TV may be your choice of winding down after a hectic day, this activity could be making you feel more tired. According to Rebecca Small, assistant medical director at Bupa, “Television, laptop and computer games can all stimulate the mind and therefore can prevent a good night’s sleep.” Instead she recommends activities such as meditation, yoga and gentle exercise such as pilates to help your mind relax and let your body prepare itself for sleep.