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Alaska Sleep Education Center

Why Do I Still Wake Up Tired?

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Jul 29, 2013 3:31:00 PM

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Here are 5 possible reasons why you are still waking up feeling like you did not get enough rest.

  • Restless limbs. If you or your partner moves all through the night, it could disrupt your sleep significantly. If you wake up tangled in your sheets and feel sleepy every morning, it may be a sign that you have restless limbs.
  • Grinding teeth. You can be entirely unaware that you grind you teeth in your sleep, and affecting the quality of sleep that you receive. It could be a condition called Bruxism, where you clench your jaw or grind your teeth during your sleep.
  • Acid Reflux. If a sharp burning pain in your stomach is keeping you up at night try not eating 2 hours before bedtime and take antacids to alleviate the discomfort.
  • Bathroom breaks. If you find yourself needing to get up throughout the night disrupting your sleep, it could be contributing to your overall tired feeling. Try not to drinks any liquids 3 hours before bedtime and cut back on the amount of alcohol and caffeine consumed.
  • Circadian Rhythm. Your sleep cycle might be out of sync causing you to have a restless night. To reset your rhythm- get rid of electronics in the bedroom or stop using them an hour before bed, and try taking a short walk first thing in the morning to get your body adjusted to the natural light. 

Topics: restless leg, tired

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