Always Sleepy No Matter How Much Sleep I Get
Are you tired all the time and cannot fathom the reason why? We expect to bounce off the walls with energy and happiness when we sleep well at night. Most people enjoy that benefit, although millions of people across the country feel tired and groggy no matter how many hours of sleep they get at night. If you are among those people, simple changes may be the key to feeling your best once again.
Often, lifestyle changes impact us enough that we feel great with the right amount of sleep. If lifestyle changes do not solve the problem, schedule an appointment with a medical professional. Oftentimes medical conditions cause daytime sleepiness and grogginess. After a medical diagnosis and proper treatment, daytime sleepiness becomes one less issue burdening your life.
Many things may cause you to feel sleepy during the day. Most of us experience this feeling on occasion. It is when you feel tired more often than not that you should worry. Things like the foods that you eat and your pre-bedtime activities may impact how you feel the next day. Or it may be caused by a serious medical condition like restless leg syndrome or sleep apnea.
Check out the list of common causes of daytime sleepiness on the list below:
Poor Sleep Habits
Many of us lead lifestyles that are not exactly sleep-friendly. These lifestyles affect our sleep quality and thus impact how we feel the next day. Whether you stay up late cramming for a test or out and about enjoying life with friends, the lack of sleep catches up with you eventually and all the signs that you are sleep-deprived rear their ugly faces. This includes poor decision-making skills, increased risk of an accident, and other undesirable consequences. A little bit of sleep hygiene improves habits that may negatively impact how you feel.
- Set a bedtime and stick to this schedule. This gets the body in a routine for sleep.
- Us the bedroom only for sleep so as not to disturb the body's natural cardiac rhythm.
- Reduce the number of items on the agenda to complete during the day
- Prioritize sleep. Understand the value of sleep and follow recommendations from the American Sleep Association.
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One of many medical conditions causing sleepiness, sleep apnea is also very serious because it causes the sufferer to stop breathing while they sleep. A good indication that a person suffers from sleep apnea is waking up feeling tired and unrested. Every person with sleep apnea experiences an array of symptoms. Most common is a loud snort followed by a gasp that causes the sufferer to wake from their slumber. This leads to lighter sleep stages. Some people do not remember the episodes, but instead, others notice their habits. Treatments for sleep apnea usually involves the use of a CPAP machine at home. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition, but with medical intervention, is highly manageable.
Narcolepsy causes a person to randomly fall asleep during the day. The person may be in the middle of a conversation when they suddenly nod off. Narcolepsy patients may sleep for minutes or longer and wake up and resume activities as nothing happened. Narcolepsy symptoms often appear suddenly without warning or indication of a problem. One of the four defining symptoms of narcolepsy is excessive sleepiness. Cataplexy is another symptom of narcolepsy. Ritalin and other prescription medications may treat narcolepsy. This condition must be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Any disorder that requires excessive movements during the day may cause you to feel tired and sleepy the following day. Restless Leg Syndrome, or RLS, is among the most common of those disorders. People of all ages and backgrounds may experience restless leg syndrome. Characterized by uncomfortable sensations (may say it feels like they are being poked with pins) RLS occurs commonly during the evening hours when a person lays down to rest. It may also worsen with age and occurs more often in older adults. Moving the legs around usually minimizes the discomfort. Your doctor has several treatment options available for RLS relief.
Circadian Rhythm Disorders
Circadian Rhythm is the body's natural clock. It helps coordinate the body's activities to the timing of light and dark. When the circadian rhythm is distorted, you may feel sleepy when at work or during other inappropriate times. People with these disorders may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Light therapy and melatonin are two popular treatments that help get the circadian rhythm back on track, so you feel well-rested and ready to roar. Visit your doctor who can diagnose the exact condition and recommend and prescribe the best course of treatment for your specific needs.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a medical condition that still baffles doctors. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but what experts know about it is that sufferers experience a myriad conditions and symptoms ranging from poor sleep quality, fatigue, confusion, poor decision-making skills, daytime sleepiness, and many others. Therapy, medication, and self-care often improve the condition. People of all ages experience chronic fatigue, though more common in older adults.
Everyone feels sleepy or tired from time to time, even when they slept well the night prior. When this feeling occurs often, there is a problem. Do not ignore daytime sleepiness and other sleep problems. Signs and symptoms that occur may indicate a more serious problem that needs immediate medical attention. The causes above lead to daytime sleepiness more often than others, although this list certainly is not complete. Change your lifestyle using the above information and if you are still tired all the time without any noticeable changes within a few days, schedule an appointment with your doctor to rule out or diagnose medical conditions like chronic fatigue that may cause sleepiness.
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