Getting a full 8 hours of sleep a night is often a struggle. To make matters worse, there are times when one continues to feel tired despite supposedly having gotten sufficient sleep.
Truth is, there are many reasons to explain tiredness persists even after getting the recommended number of hours. One of the simplest explanations is that it could be due to your body requiring more rest than the average person.
Reasons for feeling drowsy even after 8 hours of sleep
Consuming alcohol before sleeping
Many people mistakenly presume that having a nightcap makes achieving a deeper sleep easier, but the truth is that alcohol severely restricts the amount of quality sleep you get.
Having a caffeinated drink late in the day
Caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea or even sugary drinks such as cola can keep your brain alert and “buzzed” for up to six hours. As such, drinking caffeinated drinks past midday is ill-advised if you’re trying to optimize your body’s ability to enter a deep sleep come night time.
Using digital devices before bedtime
Staying on your mobile device when it’s close to bedtime has a detrimental effect on the quality of sleep you get at night. body. It affects your sleep cycle and inhibits restorative sleep.
Exercising late in the day
Engaging in intense physical activity before sleeping can affect your sleep quality as it raises your adrenaline levels, increases your heart rate and your core body temperature. As a result, your body may not be able to relax sufficiently to enter the phase of restorative sleep that is characterized by a lower core body temperature and a slower heart rate. The more vigorous your exercise is, the more likely it will affect your sleep. If you must do something, stick to less intense activities (e.g. yoga) and always have a cool-down session.
Now that you know the type of activities that can affect your sleep quality at night, the natural solution to daytime fatigue would be to abstain from these activities. However, if your condition is a recurring one despite adhering to the aforementioned guidelines, then you may be experiencing a more serious sleep disorder. In which case, simply changing your lifestyle habits will not be enough as you will first need to treat the underlying medical condition.