Have you wondered about something related to sleep, but just can’t find the answer? Lots of people do, and that’s why we created Ask SleepBetter. You can ask your own question on the SleepBetter Facebook Page, or by using our Ask SleepBetter contact form. We will try to answer as many questions as possible, but we are not able to answer queries about physical issues or medicinal issues. Those should be addressed face-to-face with a physician.
Today’s question is from two women who are tired despite sleeping a lot:
-Michele S. (via Facebook)
-Scarlet N. (via Facebook)
We always say that if you have a sleep problem you should see your doctor first, and for these questions, it’s particularly true. There are a lot of issues that can cause you to feel sleepy despite getting what you think is a full night’s sleep. One that comes to mind is obstructive sleep apnea, which causes you to stop breathing intermittently throughout the night. You may not even realize it’s happening, but it disrupts your sleep patterns and leads to you not getting the rest you need. It can also be very dangerous to your health and should be treated. There are other REM sleep disorders that can cause issues like this as well. So, again, Michele and Scarlett, please get checked out by your respective doctors.
In the absence of a physical problem, there are some other possibilities to investigate. Check the following items related to your sleep environment:
One other thing to look into is your bedding. If your pillow or mattress are too hard or too soft, they can lead to a poor night’s sleep. If your pillow is more than 18 months old, purchase a new one. If your mattress is less than perfect, one option that’s cheaper than buying a new one is to get a high quality mattress topper. Check out recommended products from SleepBetter here.