By: Quynh Duong
Tired? Trying to count sheep for 5 more minutes to get to sleep?
If you’re waking up tired, it could be because you have a medical problem or a stress-related one. One of the best things you can do is get a good night’s sleep. It’s true that most people feel tired when they wake up in the morning, but if you find yourself always waking up tired with no energy or motivation to start your day, there could be something wrong with how much sleep you’re getting.
- Sleep Environment
Sleep hygiene is important. Your resting environment needs to promote a solid sleeping routine. A comfortable welcoming bed with comfortable sheets that invite you to rest. Ensuring a cool regulated sleeping body temperature that allows you to sleep through the night. Proper shut-eye depends on limited screen time. Blue light exposure before bedtime can impact your sleep. Save energy and turn off the lights, tv, and put down the phone before going to bed for better sleep.
- Stressful Thoughts
When you’re stressed out and worried about something, your body produces the stress hormone cortisol. Too much cortisol can make it hard for you to fall asleep and stay asleep. If this happens often enough, your body will produce more cortisol when it should be winding down at night—and that means it’s harder for your body to get restful sleep. When you do finally doze off, stress can even keep you from entering deep sleep stages at all: instead of getting into slow-wave sleep (the kind that makes us feel refreshed), our brains remain in REM or light sleep throughout the night—which leaves us feeling groggy when we wake up in the morning. 
- Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol
Stimulation is great in the morning but not so much in the evening. Eating and drinking the wrong foods and drinks before bedtime can cause a staggering effect on your sleeping habits. Cut the caffeine or alcohol especially in the afternoon at the very least 4 hours before bed to not impose on your sleeping cycle.
- You maybe dealing with a health condition
When dealing with sleep fatigue, it’s important to talk to your doctor about what might be causing the problem. The most common medical conditions that cause fatigue are :
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Fibromyalgia (FM)
- Sleep Apnea
Some of these conditions need medical testing required for diagnosis by a licensed professional.
Not getting enough sleep can cause a lot of health problems so make sure you get plenty of rest every night. Small symptoms can lead to bigger issues. Having health insurance and going to the doctor can prevent a future serious health disease. If you are still having sleeping problems after making adjustments. It may be time to visit a specialist.