You did it. You finally managed to get those eight hours of sleep. You had managed your time well and had gotten everything you needed to be done before 10pm. And then you slept. And slept. And slept.
And then slept some more…
Finally, your alarm goes off at 6am and you have eight hours of sleep under your belt, which, according to an article by Healthy Lifestyle, is the golden number for adult sleepers.
Then why do you feel so tired??
No REM Sleep
REM sleep, also known as Restless Eye Movement Sleep, is a period during your sleep where you are the most, well, asleep! This is the time when you start to dream and you are no longer aware of anything around you. It’s also the time when you get the most restful sleep. Yes, even when those dreams are nightmares. However, there are many people who don’t get enough REM sleep or who don’t enter it at all. So, while you may have gotten eight hours of sleep, you could have only gotten two hours of REM sleep.
Tip: You never want to wake up mid-REM sleep. Allow your body to come out of REM sleep and wake up on its own.
Sleep schedule? I don’t need a sleep schedule! Who does Cannizzo Clutch think I am? A five-year-old?
No, I don’t think you’re a five-year-old. (And besides, what’s wrong with five-year-olds? Huh?) But I do think you may be a person who is unaware of the benefit that comes with having a sleep schedule. According to an article in the Daily Nexus, A Regular Sleep Schedule Solidifies Your Chances of Success, one of the best things that a person can do is to have a sleep schedule. By having a regular sleep schedule, a person is less likely to have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep, which is a big factor of restless sleeping. It also helps for you to enter REM sleep faster, giving you a more fitful nights rest.
Tip: Use your iPhone’s Health app or Fitbit to track your sleep.
When we think of hormone imbalance, we’re quick to place the label on women who have just given birth, women on their periods (yes, I said period and not ‘monthly visitor), and women who are going through menopause. (we women really luck out on labels, don’t we gals?) But hormone imbalance can happen to anyone. And that includes men, aka, Andropause. But what does hormone imbalance have to do with being tired? Hormone imbalance is one of the main causes of crashing fatigue, which is when you feel extremely tired despite having gotten 8+ hours of sleep. It’s usually caused by a sudden drop in hormones – estrogen, testosterone, progesterone – and causes disturbed sleep.
Tip: A great way to heal hormone imbalance is through your diet. By adding in high protein plant based foods – chia seeds, avocado, hemp seeds, and quinoa – your body will begin to regulate itself and give you a boost in much-needed hormones.
Too Much Stimulation
When you say that you got eight hours of sleep, did you REALLY get eight hours? In today’s world, where everyone is connected 24/7 and EXPECTED to be connected 24/7, it’s hard to put away the smartphone. For most people – particularly the U.S – ‘sleeping’ includes laying in bed and scrolling through their phones. We’re checking emails at midnight. We’re checking for alerts that the subway and buses are still running. We’re checking the news for events or tragedies. I’m even guilty of going to bed with my phone, which I use to look through social media in search of the next best trend and inspiration for articles. In a world where everyone is connected, it’s nearly impossible to disconnect.
However, according to an article by ABC News, sleeping with your phone can cause you to get a less fitful sleep. The screens give off a blue light, which studies have shown inhibit the production of melatonin in the brain and, thus, makes it harder for people to enter a deeper sleep.
Tip: Try to unplug 1-2 hours before your planned bedtime. (Sleep schedule, remember?)