Even if you get eight hours of sleep, you still might not wake up feeling refreshed
There is nothing worse than waking up feeling like all you want to do is put your head back on the pillow and fall asleep. But for many of us, feeling groggy in the morning is a daily struggle. Even if you make the effort to get enough hours of sleep, it’s no guarantee that you’re going to wake up feeling fresh.
There are a number of reasons why you might still feel out of it come morning, but being aware of these potential threats to your sleep quality is the first step to successfully avoiding them.
That’s why we’re here with 5 reasons why you might be feeling groggy in morning.
Your sleep environment is too light
If your bedroom is too light, it could be affecting how well-rested you feel when you wake up in the morning. We sleep best in cool, dark environments, and the lightness of a room – even with your eyes closed – can have an affect on your body’s internal clock. If there is too much light, you might find it more difficult to get to sleep and experience less deep sleep during the night.
You had a tipple before bed
A lot of us enjoy a glass of wine or a swift nightcap before bed. You might think it helps you relax, but although alcohol might help people get to sleep, it can also disrupt your sleep cycles.
Drinking causes you to spend less time in REM sleep, meaning that you lose many of the benefits of a full, restorative night’s rest, even if you’ve been in bed for eight hours.
You tuned in before you turned in
For many of us, our night-time routine consists of a couple of hours spent unwinding in front of the television. But it’s a good idea to avoid the television screen for around an hour before bed, and the same goes for laptops, tablets and smartphones.
The light from most LCD screens can disrupt our production of melatonin – the body’s natural sleep hormone. The impact this has can last into the next morning, causing you to feel less well-rested as a result.
You’re exercising at the wrong time
Of course, exercising at any time of day is something to be proud of, but completing a rigorous workout too close to bedtime can often make it harder to have a good night’s sleep.
Many people believe exercise at night tires you out, but in reality it tends to energise you just as you should be winding down for bed. Try switching up your routine so that you’re exercising first thing in the morning instead, giving you the burst of energy you need to get through your day.
You have sleep apnoea
Sleep conditions like sleep apnoea could be behind your morning grogginess. Sleep apnoea is a medical condition in which your airway becomes partially obstructed by your tongue, preventing air getting into your lungs.
This can lead to snoring and breathing difficulties throughout the night. The issue here is that, when this occurs, it pulls you out on deep sleep into a lighter state of rest. This can mean that, night after night, your sleep is being disturbed.