You may wake yourself up from it or you might not even know you do. If you’re not sure, ask your partner.
You nod off during the day, and not just when you intend to nap. You find yourself falling asleep during daytime activities - like driving or during conversation. It’s normal to feel tired after a poor night of sleep, but continued, excessive sleepiness should be followed up with a physician that specializes in sleep and sleep disorders.
Trouble shutting down
Psychological conditions like anxiety and depression can make it difficult to shut off your brain off at night and fall into a peaceful sleep. Trouble falling and staying asleep are tell-tale symptoms of insomnia, as are tension headaches and moodiness.
If you wake up with a headache, you might suffer from sleep apnea. Migraine headaches occur in direct relationship to the number of REM sleep cycles that one experiences throughout the night. This relationship is even more pronounced with cluster headaches.
Fibromyalgia is a medical syndrome that causes widespread pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints and sleep problems/chronic daytime fatigue. Fibromyalgia and sleep disturbances are closely correlated; the pain makes sleep more difficult and sleep deprivation exacerbates pain. Though it continues to be a misunderstood syndrome, Fibromyalgia has become seen as a real problem, affecting between 2% and 6% of people worldwide.
Tips to a better sleep
While you should consult with a doctor if you have any sign of a chronic sleep disorder, there are some basic tips to follow to improve your chances of a better night's sleep.
- Don’t drink excessively and avoid food and alcohol, if you can, four hours before bed.
- Avoid foods high in protein and fat (like steak.)
- While you should avoid smoking at all costs, especially avoid it before bed. Even if the act of smoking relaxes you, it's a stimulant that can interrupt your sleep - not to mention all of its other averse health effects.
- Stay away from caffeine at least 6 hours before bed. Be aware that it can sneak into beverages and even medicines, like diuretics, that you might not be aware of.
- Perform bedtime yoga with light stretching.