Do you think you slept well, you are still very tired the next day. How is that possible? We’ve all been there. After a good night’s sleep, you wake up tired.
There are a number of reasons for this, say different experts. From hormones to bananas: these may be the reasons why you still wake up tired after eight hours of sleep:
1. Your hormones are “disabled”
When the testosterone level decreases, it can already be a cause for low energy during the day. Men’s testosterone levels naturally decrease as they age, and paternity can also cause low testosterone levels. Simple lifestyle changes, such as exercising more and investing in a healthy diet, can prevent men from having such a low energy.
2. You don’t get enough natural light
“Exposure to light stimulates your brain and body, keeping you awake and alert,” explains nurse R. Lee. Employees sitting in a poorly lit office can feel tired regardless of how much they have slept. If you are exhausted, try going outside – the natural light could be the boost you need. And if that doesn’t help, research shows that yelling (especially the energy that releases) and can stimulate adrenaline. It is quite socially acceptable to wake yourself up outside. 😉
3. Watch your breathing
“People with sleep apnea often sleep enough hours at night, but snore loudly, often wake up and wake others up,” says GP C. Bowe. Sleep apnea can also increase blood pressure, which increases overall fatigue – in addition to the fact that sleep is, of course, constantly interrupted.
4. You may have a problem with your thyroid gland
The thyroid gland, a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that regulates metabolism and digestion, can cause many problems if it does not work properly. If there is something with your thyroid gland, it will result in exhaustion, but it can also cause constipation, dry skin and some hair loss. “When there is something with the thyroid gland, it cannot properly fulfill its role of keeping our body’s processes running at full speed,” says Shah, a physician.
5. You have to move more
If you do not exercise much, it can certainly be a cause of fatigue. Conversely, physical activity increases energy and reduces the chance of getting tired for no reason, studies show.
6. You don’t drink enough water
Many people walk around dehydrated throughout the day without realizing it. Dehydration causes people to feel tired and can also cause muscle pain. Moreover, if you do not drink enough water, your body must also work harder. “When your body is dehydrated, your overall blood volume decreases, causing your body to work harder to send oxygen and nutrients through the body,” says Lee.
7. Or you drink too much beer
After a few beers (or wine) after a drink after work, it may seem as if it helps you relax after a stressful day, but it can actually contribute to tiredness due to dehydration. Alcohol also reduces the amount of REM sleep that you get, making a complete night of closed eyes less successful. “Many people like to relax after a busy day with an evening drink – or two,” says Shah. “Unfortunately, those drinks can make you feel tired the next morning.” Hmm, recognizable …
8. Caffeine is also a culprit
Use coffee to stay awake for a while, do you ever do that? Caffeine blocks the adenosine receptors in the brain, meaning that receiving a crucial chemical that helps people to regulate sleep and wake cycles is blocked. “Your body still produces adenosine when you drink coffee, but its effects are delayed, so you can feel it all at once once the caffeine burst has disappeared,” says Shah.
9. You do not eat enough of the right foods
Diet can have an impact on your energy. Simple carbohydrates cause the blood sugar level to rise and fall, which only ensures a short peak after which you get a dip and you can feel tired. Do you eat enough foods that give you enough energy to get through a day? For example, bananas are full of magnesium, and cherries are full of melatonin. A lack of iron, vitamin D and other nutrients can make you feel tired.
10. You sleep too long
Also known as the sleeping hangover. “If you sleep too long, your biological clock will be thrown away and the cells will not communicate with the body that it is time to get up,” says Lee. Yet the idea of being tired seems to be too far away for most parents – or at least a risk that they are willing to take.