Do you not get enough sleep and end up feeling tired throughout the whole day? It may seem that simply changing your sleeping schedule will solve the problem in no time. However, there are factors that affect the quality of our sleep which we’d never think of being the culprit for our sleepless nights. And they make us feel worse and worse every day, yet we continue to stick to these harmful habits.
We at Inversly.com have collected some non-obvious reasons why you still feel tired after sleeping what is considered to be a substantial amount.
1. You go to bed hungry.
Maybe you’re on a special diet and you don’t eat after 6 PM or you just don’t want to give your body a load of work before sleeping. Of course, eating too much is a problem for sleeping well but hunger won’t give you better sleep either.
When you are hungry, you will sleep poorly even if you dream about cookies. This is why a small snack one hour before sleep (about 150 calories) is a great idea. It will give your body enough energy that will help you fall asleep, no matter how strange this may sound. The rise of the insulin level in the blood leads to the production of serotonin that makes the quality of sleep better.
The best foods to eat before sleep are nuts, some turkey, and non-sweet fruits.
2. You took a nap during the day.
A healthy adult person doesn’t need to take a nap during the day but people still often fall asleep in the armchair in front of the TV, on a bus, or anywhere else. If you take short naps during the day, then the quality of your sleep at night might become worse. Also, there is a kind of insomnia that only occurs on weekends: when a person slept too much on a weekend morning, they can’t fall asleep in the evening and feel absolutely terrible on Monday morning.
If you feel sleepy during the day, it means that it’s time to get up and stretch your legs. The oxygen flow will increase, the blood circulation will improve, and you will feel much better.
3. You often skip breakfast.
Breakfast has seemingly no connection with sleeping at night. However, breakfast turns your biological clock on. After the body gets some energy within an hour after waking up, it starts counting the time before the night sleep.
Also, breakfast regulates the metabolism. When you take very long breaks between meals or you skip your breakfast, the brain thinks that it might get hungry. So, between meals, the stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) are produced and they can cause insomnia.