Exhaustion might be a part of many peoples day to day existence. But what happens when you think you are getting enough sleep while in reality you actually aren’t? There are quite a few small, somewhat subtle signs that you are not sleeping as well as you might think you are. We say they are subtle signs because in all likelihood you have no idea that these are the signs of lack of quality sleep, rather than general tiredness or stress.
You cannot always track your sleeping patterns and habits, but you can make yourself more aware of these signs.
When you begin to feel exhausted even though you have had more than what you think is enough sleep for your needs, you need to start taking note of what is going on. Lack of proper sleep can manifest itself in numerous ways, affecting both your work and the time you spend relaxing.
Before we jump into the subtleties of lack of good sleep, we need to ask the question. Are you getting enough sleep? Most of us need about 7 to 9 hours of sleep each day to be fully functioning members of society. Any less, or any more for that matter, can leave you feeling like a real zombie.
So what happens when you are getting the right amount of sleep but you are still waking up feeling completely tired, sluggish and perhaps quite moody? The likely culprit for this feeling lies with your REM sleep. You could be waking during this sleep phase, sometimes without even realising it, and instantly damaging the quality of your sleep. There could also be the issue of not reaching that deep sleep stage at all. Both instances will have you experiencing some of the unwelcome subtleties of bad sleep.
How do you put a stop to bad sleep?
Well, for starters, look at your bed. Do you have a new bed that is maybe not reaching your expectations? Or is your bed old, lumpy and in need of a change? Your bed can have a massive effect on the quality of your sleep, and if it is old and uncomfortable, it could be the reason you are waking during REM sleep.
To fix this, you need to buy a new bed. At The Mattress Warehouse, we have a massive variety of quality beds for sale, from some of the biggest bed brands on the planet. Genessi beds, Fabbro beds, Restonic beds and Sealy beds are among the selection we currently available.
Not a bed related issue? It could be a good idea to pay a visit to the doctor, but only if the restless sleep persists and you cannot shake it. A doctor might be able to identify the problem and prescribe the right medication to get your sleep back on track.
Before we jump ahead of things, here are the 5 subtle signs to keep a look out for:
- Are you super clumsy these days?
Some of us are natural klutzes; walking into doors, dropping things and unintentionally talking jibberish. But if your natural character is one that is not so clumsy, and these days you are suddenly clumsy to the point that it is not only hilarious, but it is also causing you pain, you might want to check your sleep.
When you have not had enough sleep, your muscles will probably have a delayed reaction. One of the best thing that you can do for yourself is to take a nap during the day to regain your energy and to refresh your mind.
- You are sleeping the weekend away
Many people think that by sleeping in on the weekends, or in fact by sleeping the entire weekend, they are doing themselves a favour. Well, you are not. You could actually be making things far worse than the current situation you are in. It is very tempting, however, to rid yourself of your weekend alarm and catch those extra winks.
What you are really doing is creating a sleep debt that you won’t be able to repay. Your body needs rest during the week, not just on the weekend. You should ideally be sleeping for the same amount of time, all through the week. Sleeping extra hours on the weekend is likely to damage your sleep patterns even more.
- Caffeine is becoming a staple
Caffeine is great! IN SMALL DOSES. When you start treating caffeine as though it is a part of your staple diet, you have a problem. Relying on coffee to stay awake is a sure sign that you are certainly not getting the sleep you need. Keep in mind that coffee is not the only caffeine-rich drink. Fizzy cool drinks and any of the many energy drinks currently on the market are filled with caffeine. And if you are dependent on caffeine, you might well have a sleep problem.
Minimise the amount of caffeine you consume, and if you suddenly feel exhausted, you will know that you are not getting enough sleep.
- You have the mood swings
And it’s not the moon, your hormones, or your average bad day. When you suddenly develop a temper that cannot be calmed or appeased by anything, and it lasts for days, it could easily be a sign that you are truly exhausted. Sleep and your mood are very closely linked and feeling very tired in the morning could be a sign of not enough sleep.
How can you fix this? Get to bed earlier, try some meditation or basically anything else to relax before bed.
- You have developed the habit of snoring
How would you know this? Perhaps your partner is complaining, or maybe you have snored so loudly you have managed to wake yourself up on more than one occasion. Snoring can lead to sleep apnea, which in turn can completely damage your sleep cycle, and lower the quality of your sleep.
Whatever problems you are experiencing with your sleep at the moment, it’s never too late to buy a new bed. Shop online today and buy a new bed from The Mattress Warehouse.