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Reasons for feeling tired after 8 hours of sleep?

Getting a full eight 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. However, it is also likely that your tiredness is due to the lack of quality sleep at night, rather than the quantity of it. In fact, the things you do before bedtime can have an adverse effect on your sleep quality.

Few activities that affect the quality of sleep

1. Consuming alcohol before sleeping

Many people mistakenly presume that having a night cap makes achieving a deeper sleep easier, but the truth is that alcohol severely restricts the amount of quality sleep you get. While you may fall asleep faster after having some alcohol, the alcohol actually prevents your body from easing into deep sleep, which is the time when your body begins to restore and repair itself.

2. 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 optimise your body's ability to enter a deep sleep come night time.

3. 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. This is because the blue light emitted from your device screens suppresses the production of melatonin – a sleep hormone – in your body. This affects your sleep cycle and inhibits restorative sleep.

4. 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 characterised 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.

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