You got a solid eight hours of sleep last night. But then why did you wake up this morning feeling like roadkill?
Facing the day refreshed isn’t as simple as logging those elusive seven to eight hours in dreamland.
Below are 5 surprising reasons you’re not feeling your best with simple fixes.
You Sleep In A Bad Position: Waking up with a sore back? It may be from sleeping on your side all night, which can create significant flexion at the hip. If you’re one of the 57 per cent of Americans who slumber in this position, it’s a good idea to sleep with a pillow between your legs to maintain proper hip alignment.
Your Pillow Sucks: That huge fluffy pillow may seem like luxury, but it can cause massive pain. “Sleeping with your head propped up pulls your spine out of alignment—it’s like walking around for eight hours during the day with your neck tilted down.
You Grind Your Teeth At Night: If you wake up with a headache, it’s most likely because you’ve been clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth overnight. Research shows that massage can help with symptoms, so apply some gentle pressure and/or a warm, damp cloth to the jaw area right before you go to sleep and as soon as you wake up in the a.m. to help break the cycle. Also consider seeing your dentist for a mouth guard, which keeps your teeth from grinding down.
You Have A Nightcap: It’s true that booze can send you off to dreamland quickly, since alcohol does have a sedative effect. But it also disrupts your normal sleep cycle. In a 2015 Australian study, people who downed orange juice mixed with vodka as a bedtime drink showed more alpha brain activity while they snoozed, which meant they weren’t getting deep, restorative sleep.
You Have Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea: Half of all adult women have some type of sleep apnea, according to a 2012 study. (Women between the ages of 20 and 44 have a 25 per cent chance of having sleep apnea, which also affects 56 per cent of women ages 45 to 54 and 75 per cent of women ages 55 to 70.).