If you have ever woken up after a full 8 hours sleep with the feeling you could still use another 3 hours in bed, then you know exactly how frustrating it can be. You went to bed early and spent ample time sleeping, why then are you still exhausted after waking up? Don’t be deceived, just because you were asleep for 8 hours does not mean you got 8 hours of deep sleep. There are many reasons that this can happen, and we’ll explore them further in this article to help you get to the bottom of it!
Here are a few reasons why your sleep may not have been as satisfying and refreshing as you would hope.
The Reasons Why
Timing is everything
Just like fingerprints, everyone has a peculiar chronotype that classifies them as “early bird” or “night owl.” When you wake up at a time that is not in line with your chronotype, you will always feel weak and in need of more sleep. The primary reason is that your brain is still in the mood of producing melatonin while you are also trying to rise and shine for the new day. To solve this, you will have to determine a sleep schedule that aligns with your chronotype.
Different environmental factors can impact the quality of your sleep. Arguably the most significant is lighting. Your room should be completely dark at bedtime because it allows the brain to slow down while also stimulating the production of melatonin. Always turn off the TV, shut the blinds and dim your light to less than 200watts one hour before bedtime. Some live in areas that have bright streetlights that find their way through the blinds. If you are one such of people, try using a sleep mask, or you can install blackout curtains.
Things you eat
Your feeding habit has a direct impact on the quality of your sleep. Alcohol and caffeine are two of the biggest offenders when it comes to sleep disruption. Both contain stimulants that keep your brain out of the deeper stages of sleep. If you wish to have a quality sleep, stop caffeine consumption by 2 pm and alcohol at least 3 hours before bedtime. The timeframe gives your body ample time to metabolize before sleeping.
Don’t hit the snooze
We all are probably guilty of this. Just more 5 minutes, and before you know it, you are deep into the hour mark. Setting the alarm and hitting the snooze button does more harm than good to your sleep quality. The time range between the snooze is 7-9 minutes. Within such a little amount of time, your body does not have enough time to fall back into a deep sleep. Make an effort to get up on the first alarm, then take note of the difference you will feel.
Your Mattress is Not Comfortable
Lastly, if you’ve checked all the above off your list and still feel like you’re struggling to get 8 hours of deep sleep, it may simply be because you’re not comfortable in bed. A new mattress may be what you need to get back to having restful night’s sleep. Is your mattress more than 8 years old? Is there a noticeable sag in your mattress? Do you wake up with aches and pains? All of these signs, in addition to not getting a full night’s sleep all add up to the simple answer that it’s time for a new mattress!
If you’re ready for a new mattress and don’t no where to start, the experts at Watertown Mattress will happily assist you! Stop by our location in Watertown MA to try out our selection of mattresses, including Simmons, Therapedic, Dream Well, and more! We’ll help you find just the right amount of support you need in a mattress while staying in your budget. Questions? Give us a call at 617-926-0550!