Are you exhausted ? Even after a full night’s sleep? Let me share with you the top 5 reasons you’re tired – and what to do about it. I talked about this in one of my animated white board videos (shown below…or click the link). The transcript is below.
Ok, let’s count down the top 5 reasons you’re still tired.
I’m guessing that the first thing you do in the morning is head straight to the bathroom. When you do, check the color of your pee. I’m guessing it’s bright yellow – that’s a sign of dehydration – a common cause of fatigue (both day or night).
So, before you reach for your preferred cup of caffeine, rehydrate first with a tall glass of water. If you start first with a caffeinated drink, you’ll end up drinking more than you need…not because you need the caffeine, but because your body is actually craving the water.
#4 Last Night’s Drink
Alcohol is considered the number one over-the-counter sleep aid. While it may make you feel sleepy, alcohol actually disrupts your sleep. So, don’t use alcohol as a sleep aid.
#3 Interrupted Sleep
While you sleep, your body goes through numerous 90-minute sleep cycles. One cycle consists of light sleep, a drop into a deeper state of sleep, and then back up to a lighter state of sleep called REM sleep where you dream. Both deep sleep and REM sleep are critical for keeping us healthy. And these sleep cycles repeat throughout the evening.
While we may not be consciously aware of it, every noise or movement will knock us out of deep sleep so we have to start the cycle all over again… wasting valuable sleep time. To prevent interruptions, use a sound machine to block outside noise, get some help for your snoring spouse, and maybe it’s time to let your pets and kids sleep in their own room. Both you – and they – will get a more restful night’s sleep.
#2 Evening Light
When darkness falls, the eyes detect this…encouraging the natural production of a hormone called melatonin. Rising evening melatonin production makes us feel sleepy – so we get to sleep and stay asleep. Unfortunately, most of us keep our eyes exposed to light…all the way up to bedtime. Instead, dim the lights in the evening, turn off the electronic devices early, and get the bedroom as dark as possible to encourage full melatonin production.
#1 Not Getting Enough Sleep
My audiences are filled with people who sleep just four, five, or six hours a night. If you sleep longer on your days off – or nod off during the day – even a boring meeting, then you’re not getting enough sleep. Boring meetings will always be boring, but they shouldn’t lull us to sleep.
So, get some sleep, will ya?