Why do I never feel completely rested?
Last Updated: 05/11/2020 at 4:20pm
Brenda King, PsyD
I treat life changes, women’s issues, and issues of aging using evidence-based treatments with healthy doses of warmth, empathy and humor to enhance healing and growth.
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Sleep and rest are both very complicated, and not feeling rested can come from many places. You may feel unrested because you are not getting enough sleep, getting too much sleep, or not getting quality sleep. Truthfully, the reason can only be determined by a sleep specialist, but here are some good practices that may help: Try and devote at least 6 hours dedicated to continuous sleep per night (more if you are a teen or young adult) and to insure that your body is resting deeply and soundly. Continuous sleep is important, as it helps your body heal from the day to feel physically rejuvenated, and also helps your mind catalogue all the actions and memories from the daily grind. Stop-and-go sleep, or sleep that is intermittent and not continuous, can make you feel poorly rested because your brain and body are unable to fully finish cataloguing and rejuvenating. Quality AND quantity are the keys to restful sleep. Avoid overstimulation via work, school, and social activities before bed (ie. train your body so it knows that bed time is for sleeping, not for working on homework or texting friends). Try creating a bedtime ritual: turn down bright lights about 1 hour to 30 mins before bed, take a bath to help relax your muscles, avoid caffeine or other stimulants at least 2 hours before bed, incorporate meditation or prayer to help settle your thoughts.. etc. If you'd like more comprehensive info feel free to check out sleep specialist sites like sleepfoundation.org for more tips and tricks.
Lots of things can make you feel tired all the time. Your body needs many more things than sleep to function optimally: good quality and balanced food intake, hydration, low emotional and physical stress, regular exercise, mental health, and sleep are all needed to make you feel rested. Also, check with your doctor and dentist, there are many physical ailments that cause your sleep to be less restful than you think it is!
A number of different factors could help explain why you don't feel completely rested when you wake up. Consider the situation you're in, physically and mentally, before you go to sleep at night. Have you just recently exercised? Ate too much of anything, especially stomach-upsetting foods? Is stress weighing heavily on you, and is it one of the last things you think about before you go to sleep? Do you wake up thinking optimistic thoughts, or dreading the day to come? Become your own scientist--or perhaps, detective--to help determine what might be causing this restlessness.
Do you feel fatigued? Weary? Restless? What is your sleep schedule like, is it consistent? Are you stressed in your life, from good or bad happenings? You are the only one who really knows the answer to this. If feeling unrested is interfering with your day-to-day wellbeing, it's okay to seek professional help; there may be free sleep studies in your area, you may also look for a counsellor in case the restlessness is caused by some kind of struggle.
It's usually a chain reaction of events. It starts with a thought while ruminating, which leads to another until eventually I get stuck in a culmination of thoughts increasing the amount of anxiety I feel and in turn I get overwhelmed. This leads to a lack of a sufficient amount of sleep or too much sleep. Hence the body's internal cycle is ultimately effected and leads to physical exhaustion
I remember learning in health class this sometimes has to do with your diet. Also this helps me but i google sleep calculator
You might sleep too long or not enough. Every person's body is different. Also you might not be getting enough water or vitamins which can effect weather you feel awake or drowsy.
The reason why you never feel completely rested can be almost anything. Maybe you have a triggering feeling that someone is constantly watching you, maybe you are to tensed to relax or maybe something just simply stresses you out. There might not always be a right answer to the question, but you can try to think about stuff that keeps you from relaxing your mind and actually try to get rid of it, depending on how big the issue(s) are. Just live your live as normal and pay attention to when you feel less rested and more stressed or anxious.
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