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There are days when you don’t wake up energised, even after managing a 7-to-8 hour sleep schedule. It may be that you’re heavy-headed or you feel too tired to even get out of your bed. But have you ever wondered the reason behind it? Why do you feel exhausted right in the morning? Is it due to stress, diet, or is there something else that’s hampering your health?
All these questions need an answer, because an exhausted morning means an unproductive day – which is neither good for you personally or professionally. If you can’t figure out the reason, we are here to help you out and throw some light on the most basic causes of this tiredness.
It is artificial lighting that tends to emit blue light, which then suppresses the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate your body’s circadian rhythm. This makes it harder for you to get sound sleep at night, leaving one fatigued the next morning.
Bottom line – Reduce your screen time, especially, if you are going to bed.
Are you using a good mattress? Well, if you are not, you are compromising on your sleep and that may make you tired the next morning. A wrong mattress can lead to stiffness and soreness of the body parts.
“Do you have any thyroid problems? If yes, will be shocked to know that it can leave you tired in the morning after waking up. One may be moody, may put on weight or muscle, and suffer from joint pain. The thyroid tends to produce too little or too much thyroid hormone; it throws off your body’s metabolism, which can impact sleep causing fatigue in the morning when you wake up,” suggests Dr Vikrant Shah, consulting physician and an infection disease specialist at Zen Multispeciality Hospital, Mumbai.
People with depression may find it difficult to hit the sack, and sleep during the night. They can also have excessive daytime sleepiness. The ones who are depressed lose all the interest in all the daily activities including sleeping.
Having insufficient levels of iron in your blood can make you feel tired when you sleep and wake up the next morning.
“You must ensure that you take an iron rich diet and if possible you can also take iron supplements but only after consulting your doctor. You can eat spinach, raisins, apricot, peas, beans, seafood, poultry, etc.” recommends Dr Shah.
Do you lead a sedentary lifestyle? Then, you are doing it all wrong! Sitting for a long time and not moving around can lead to lack of sleep and will make you feel tired after waking up.
Dehydration tends to reduce the presence of amino acids in the body, and guess what? They produce melatonin. Without enough melatonin, one will fail to get a good night’s sleep and may feel fatigued during the daytime.
Are you a habitual drinker? If you answered in the affirmative, you should cut down on this habit of yours. This is because alcohol can disrupt sleep. It can make one spend more time in deep sleep and less time than usual in the important Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage of sleep, which is an important restorative stage our bodies require. Thus, drinking adds to the sluggishness.
“Not sleeping for a minimum of eight hours causes tiredness in the morning once you wake up. Sleep deprivation can leave your brain exhausted, and it fails to carry out its duties properly. You may also find it hard to concentrate or learn new things,” concluded Dr Shah.
So ladies, just listen up to the doc’s recommendations and get up fresh and happy.