Waking up can be a little slow going to say the least, right? Well, let’s talk about why we feel tired even when we get enough sleep. Some people, even after the suggested 7 to 8 hours of sleep, will still feel tired throughout the day. Sleep researchers have been looking into this and have a few thoughts on the world of sleep. Let's dig into today's big question: Why are you tired even after sleeping? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
It turns out that about 2/5 of the population feels tired despite getting a full night of sleep. For most of those people who experience lowered energy or feeling fatigued after a full night’s sleep researchers are suggesting getting more physical activity and a change of diet.
Several studies now indicate that adults who do light exercise a few times a week reported that they have way more energy after about 6 weeks of regularly working out. Individuals who spend a little time every day working out also report that they sleep better than folks who do not work out regularly. Keep in mind the people who participate in light weekly work out sessions are not sleeping more than others, they’re just getting better quality of sleep.
Diet goes a long way too. Usually when we think of ways to combat sleepy times we turn to our old friend coffee. While coffee has many benefits for our health, relying on it for energy could become problematic. Caffeine blocks Adenosine, a protein our brain collects through the day and it helps us sleep at night, but a high caffeine intake seems to block the adenosine effect thus keeping restless minds awake through the night.
Hydration helps as well. Experiencing a reduction of just 1.5% hydration can negatively impact the human body. Not only does dehydration cause a lack of concentration, it also thickens your blood which makes it harder for oxygen and nutrients to get to your muscles and organs…thus giving your whole body a worn out feeling. Interestingly enough, when the body hits a 2% reduction in hydration is when we feel thirsty. However, that slight margin between 1.5% and 2% plays a substantial role in how our body functions. Keeping ourselves hydrated has many benefits that go beyond our sleep issues too.
So, some light exercise, more water, and a healthier diet could make some drastic impacts for constantly fatigued individuals. Look we’re not saying you have to do this stuff, but you know, sleep on it.