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Between the Sheets

Here's why you're waking up exhausted

Do you constantly wake up feeling like you haven't slept a wink? The alarm goes off and it's time to start the day but you just want to roll back over and sleep for another 3 hours. Yep, we've all felt it! And more often than not right? Well, here's why.

  1. Too much booze or caffeine before bed. Yep if you drink too much red or take a cuppa to bed, you're less likely to have a restful night of sleep.
  2. Your bedroom is pitch black. Whilst blocking out street lights may help you to fall asleep at night, natural sunlight is super important to let creep in when it's time to rise. Your body will know it's time to wake up, easing you awake when the sun is up. 
  3. You watch Netflix for too long. Yep, we all know how addictive it is to continue Game of Thrones well into the night but staying up late means you're not getting the recommended amount of shut eye. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-8 hours a night for your overall health and well-being.
  4. You went to bed with something on your mind. If your mind is ticking over at 100 miles an hour before you sleep, you're more likely to toss and turn throughout the night. Find a way to settle your mind before bed. Put your phone down and meditate or stretch at least 20 minutes before drifting off. It will do you a world of good!
  5. You hit the snooze button over and over. Don't be the person who sets your alarm early so you can lay in bed for longer before getting up. The snooze between alarms, is not quality sleep and therefore you'll wake up even more tired than the first alarm.
  6. Screentime before bed. Your phone is usually the first and last thing you look at before bed. Or perhaps you watch a tv show on your laptop to drift off? Well all this screentime may in fact be eating away at our sleep. Studies have shown that being exposed to blue and white light at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin (the chemical that makes us zzz).

So swap the phone for a book, limit the caffeine before bed, quit hitting snooze and let your body clock reset with the sun. You'll feel far better for it!

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