You wake up just as tired as when you went to sleep. You try to get more sleep on the weekends, but you never seem to be able to get enough. Next week will be better you think, but it never is. Every morning you wonder: Why can’t I sleep?
Welcome to the grumpiest club on earth.
Lack of sleep has become an epidemic and it’s not getting better. Plus, the state of world isn’t making for a restful day much less a restful night. So, other than the world crumbling under our feet, why can’t you sleep? Some possible reasons why.
You actually need more sleep.
Obvious, no? But it could be that you actually aren’t getting enough sleep. Seven hours is generally the gold standard, but some folks need 9 or 10 hours of sleep. Maybe in your younger days you got by on less (didn’t we all?), but your body may be looking for a little more pillow action than you’re giving it.
Your phone is messing up your life, er, sleep.
The smartphone is destroying a generation apparently and also destroying your Zzz. Being too attached to your phone may be making it hard to get restful sleep. The lights from our phones, tablets, and computers are on the blue light spectrum. During the day those lights help us to be more productive, but keep us up longer at night. Plus, if you don’t have Do Not Disturb on (and tell me exactly why you don’t…), that ringer isn’t helping. Put your phone away at least 2 hours before bedtime and try to keep it out of your bedroom altogether.
Water, water, everywhere, but are you getting enough to drink? Probably not. Your body is 60% water, your brain is 70% water, and your lungs are a whopping 90% water. When your body doesn’t get enough water, it doesn’t work as well, including sleep as well. Get in about 9 cups and see if it helps.
Or actually, don’t drink up.
That glass of red before bed is a sure elixir to dream land! Except even though it can help you get to sleep, it won’t let you stay asleep. Never ones to shy away from a good drink, but consider keeping the drinking to earlier in the evening. Happy hour saves you money anyway.
Depression hurts and so does a lack of sleep.
Maybe you think of someone getting more sleep when you they’re depressed, but it doesn’t mean it’s restful sleep. Ongoing fatigue can be a sign of depression and one you shouldn’t ignore. Talk to a professional and see if waking up tired is more serious than a higher thread count sheet.
Anemia, allergies, anxiety…oh my!
Three pretty common conditions can also lead to a bad night’s sleep. Women are more likely to have anemia, or your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to carry all the oxygen it needs. Allergies can cause trouble breathing overnight leading to morning grogginess. And if you’re tossing and turning because of anxiety, you’re not getting good rest in either. If it’s any of these, then…
…the doctor is in, ladies.
If none of the simpler solutions work, it may be time to check in with your doctor. Lack of sleep can signal a more serious issue like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or hypothyroidism. Schedule an appointment and figure out what the problem is and what can be done.
It’s hard to take on the world when you can’t even take on your sleep. So, if waking up tired is more than an occasional thing, don’t ignore the problem. Figure out what you can do to make it better.