5 Things causing you to feel sleepy all the time
Do you feel so sleepy all the time that you’ve become best friends with your coffee machine?
We get it.
In-between juggling your social and family life, running errands, and climbing the corporate ladder; your sleep health has taken the backseat. It’s not impossible to restore balance and re-discover the z’s that have been eluding you so that you can flourish and rightly live your best life.
Here’s how to do it.
Why do I feel tired and sleepy?
Short answer: you’re not getting enough shut-eye.
It all boils down to your lifestyle, what you do before bed, what you eat during the day and your physical health. Late nights, early mornings, that extra glass of wine, or a sleep disorder like insomnia can make staying alert the next day a chore.
5 Causes of feeling sleepy all the time
What’s causing that sleepy feeling? Find out why you’re always in a snooze mood so that you can make the changes to ramp up your energy and live your best life (not forgetting restoring the glow and getting rid of the eye bags)…
1. Lack of sleep
Sleep deprivation has serious consequences, including weight gain, a lack of focus and increased irritability. And that’s just in the short term.
The long-term effects can bring on a host of illnesses including high blood pressure, a weak immune system and anxiety or depression.
Some foods are not good for sleep. Think about the last time you had curry. Or when you tucked into that divine cauliflower dish for supper. Cruciferous vegetables, spicy meals and high protein foods like soy and dairy can cause heartburn, indigestion, bloatedness and snoring (depending on what was on the menu).
Quick fix? Avoid these sleep-fighting foods at night to combat that sleepy feeling in the day.
3. Lack of exercise
Hitting the treadmill releases a flurry of feel-good hormones like dopamine, which boosts your mood. Whether you’re into cardio or yoga, any exercise will help you sleep better at night and make you more alert in the day.
4. Disrupted sleep
Interrupted sleep will leave you feeling sleepy all the time (whether it’s noisy neighbours, a snoring partner or a sleeping disorder keeping you awake). To function at your best, you need consistent, peaceful sleep.
5. Circadian Rhythm Disorders
Our bodies have an internal body clock that responds to natural light and darkness. This body clock, called the circadian rhythm, can be knocked out of sync by inconsistent sleeping patterns, jet lag or pulling frequent all-nighters. Some symptoms of this upset in the sleep-wake rhythm include insomnia and excessive daytime sleepiness. In some cases, both.
Suffering from feeling sleepy all the time?
Let’s face it, a lack of rest can lead to burnout and other serious health consequences. Which is why you must prioritise your sleep.
If the sleepiness persists, call your GP for advice to get you back on track again. You deserve to function at your best and to be excited about showing up to live the life you want! It starts with z’s…