Why Am I Always So Sleepy, No Matter How Much Sleep I Get?
Being tired is totally normal these days when there are so many things going around and when we are trying to catch up on everything and keep pace with the world.
It’s totally understandable why you wake up feeling tired if you often go to bed late or you experience a disturbed night of sleep. It happens to all of us occasionally and we all have night’s when we can’t sleep, whether it is due to feeling stressed about all the work we have to do or because we were exercising too late or just feeling anxious and restless.
But, if you go to bed early and have enough sleep and you still wake up feeling tired and drained, then there might be some other reason for this and further in this article we are going to talk more about this. Last updated
The Amount of Sleep You Are Getting
The first thing you should pay attention to is the amount of sleep you’re getting each night. It is recommended that you get some 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, although this can vary depending on how physically active you were through the day or whether you have some additional medical conditions.
To get a better insight in your sleep patterns during the night, you can get a sleep tracker. It will help you understand your sleep cycles better and show you how long it takes you to fall asleep in the first place, how much time you spend in deep sleep and REM sleep, whether your sleep was disrupted and how often, etc.
You can use the data your sleep tracker provides to make certain lifestyle changes if there is need for any.
Quality Matters More Than Quantity
Most people think the more sleep they get, the better. But this does not necessarily have to be true and in reality quality is what really matters.
Quality refers to how well you have slept, how much time it took you to fall asleep, was your sleep continuous or interrupted, did you spend enough time in each sleep phase, did you wake up normally, etc. All of these and many other factors can impact your sleep and its quality and, therefore, how you feel the next morning.
For instance, if you spend more time in a lighter, non-REM sleep, then your body won’t get enough deep sleep that it needs to recover properly and recharge for the next day.
This means that despite getting a full night of sleep, you will still feel tired the next day, and in such case you need to focus on improving your sleep routine, and we mentioned in one of our previous articles how to do this.
Your Daily Habits and Sleeping Environment Can Impact the Quality of Your Sleep
So, your sleeping environment and what you do or do not do before bedtime can impact the quality of your sleep too.
If your room is cluttered and messy, it can impact your mood and how you feel and affect your sleep. Your bedding, the quality of your mattress and with whom you are sharing your bed can play a huge role in this too.
Eating heavy meals and sugary and spicy foods before bedtime, drinking alcohol, coffee and caffeinated teas right before you go to sleep will make you toss and turn and leave you unable to fall asleep for a long time or cause a fragmented and disturbed sleep.
Underlying Health Conditions Can Affect Your Sleep
Some underlying health conditions can impact the quality of your sleep and no matter how much sleep you get they can leave you exhausted the next day. Some of them are: heart diseases, iron deficiency, too high or too low levels of certain hormones, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc.
Sleep apnea is one of the most common medical conditions that can cause chronic sleepiness, and the most common type of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, is also the most serious and can lead to various problems.
It occurs when the muscles in your throat and airways relax too much and block your airways during sleep and cause breathing difficulties. The two main symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are loud and interrupted snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness.
So, if you suffer from sleep apnea, no matter how hard you may be trying to maintain a healthy and consistent bedtime routine, you will still feel tired the next day. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include: high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, being overweight, narrowed airways…
However, there are solutions to this problem and one of them is a treatment known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). This is a nasal or face mask that enables a consistent stream of airflow into your nasal passages and keeps your airways open.
This is a simple treatment that can help you get a more quality night’s sleep and stop you from feeling sleepy all the time. If gaining too much weight is what causes your sleep apnea, then a few simple lifestyle changes will do the thing and solve your problem.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
If you feel like you are never getting enough sleep, although you do get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep, it can be due to another medical condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome.
It is a condition that causes persistent daytime sleepiness regardless of your sleep patterns and how much sleep you are getting.
Sometimes it can get worse due to intense physical activity or intellectual stimulation and, besides causing chronic fatigue, it can also cause sore throat, memory loss, muscle and joint pain, frequent headaches, etc.
Although chronic fatigue syndrome isn’t related to or caused by any other medical condition, it can be triggered by the following factors: problems with immune system, autoimmune disorders, viral infections such as Epstein-barr virus and herpes.
Working with a therapist can help you live with chronic fatigue syndrome and take back control of your life.
What Happens When You Get Too Much Sleep?
Sometimes, getting too much sleep can leave you feel equally exhausted as having too little. Like we have already mentioned, you can get as much sleep as you want, but if your sleep wasn’t quality then it’s like you haven’t slept at all.
Studies have found that adults who sleep longer tend to experience higher levels of lethargy, fatigue and irritability. Oversleeping has also been linked to depression, although this relationship can be tricky as low mood leads to oversleeping and oversleeping often leads to low mood.
A solution to this problem lies again in fixing your sleep routine. You should try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, including weekends. And you should also avoid long daily naps and try to exercise instead. Exercising will boost your energy levels during the day and leave you tired enough to sleep at night.
If you feel sleepy all the time regardless of how much sleep you get during the night, it is important to understand why this happens and why you are always tired.
In this article we mentioned what can cause this and provided possible solutions to various problems.
Whether your tiredness may be due to too much stress or work, or because of a certain sleep disorder or even medical condition, it is important that you work on improving the quality of your sleep and even seek out professional medical advice if necessary so you can get back to feeling your best.