We have all been there. You’ve been tired all day and finally get in to bed, favourite pyjamas on. The sheets are clean and the conditions are perfect, yet as soon as you lay your head down, you just can’t seem to nod off!
Hours of tossing and turning follows, leaving you feeling tired and grumpy throughout the next day. Is there anything more frustrating?
But while not being able to get to sleep, sleeping too much or waking up at 5am each night are all very annoying sleep issues, in most cases there is a simple solution.
Once you understand what the underlying cause is and can chat to your doctor about it, sleeping soundly should become a lot easier….
The problem: You oversleep through your alarm
The possible cause: An underactive Thyroid.
Most people need 9 hours of sleep to feel refreshed, but if you body needs more and more, it could be that you Thyroid isn’t working as it should. If this is the case, your metabolism will also be slower.
The problem: You wake up at 5am no matter what time you go to bed
The possible cause: Circadian Rhythm Disorder
This means your eternal body clock has been disrupted and needs a little help getting back on track! Taking melatonin and restricting artificial lights when you wake up are effective treatments for circadian rhythm disorders.
The problem: You can’t sleep without late night TV
The possible cause: Anxiety
Using TV to distract you from your own thoughts is a pretty effective method, but it actually does more harm than good. The television’s light increases our stress hormones, so sleep experts advise finding more legitimately calming strategies before bed, like meditation or reading fiction.
The problem: Sleepwalking
The possible cause: A problem with the brain’s control of muscles
This is one to keep an eye on as regular sleepwalking could signify that there is a problem with how the brain is functioning. Sleepwalking may be treated with melatonin or prescription Clonazepam.
The problem: You feel very tired every morning, even when you have had enough sleep
The possible cause: Sleep-apnea or depression
Sleep-apnea means that you aren’t breathing properly while you sleep, resulting in less good quality sleep. Try sleeping on your back to ease breathing and seeing if you feel more well-rested come morning.
Constant fatigue is also a symptom of depression, so please do go and speak to your doctor if you think this could be the case.