If you're logging between seven and nine hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, yet you're still waking up groggy and slogging through your daily routine, it might be time to talk to your doctor about a possible underlying problem. Anything from anemia to diabetes can cause you to feel run down during the day, no matter how many hours of sleep you get.
Make an appointment with your physician, who will probably order some tests to rule out issues like mineral deficiencies and thyroid problems. If the problem isn't physical, then it's possible that stress or depression are depleting your energy reserves during the day. You could also suffer from a disorder, such as sleep apnea, which is prohibiting you from getting the required amount of restorative sleep each night.
If you walk out of the doctor's office with a clean bill of health, but you're still groggy, it's probably time to make some lifestyle changes. First and foremost, make sure you're eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration can cause drowsiness, so carry around a water bottle so you don't forget. Excessive alcohol use can also cause you to drag your feet during the day, so be sure to keep your drinking to a minimum. According to the National Sleep Foundation, exercise has been shown to help those suffering from daytime sleepiness. Whether you decide to take a quick walk around the block or spend a few hours a week weight training in the gym, exercise will help you stay healthy while giving you an energy boost during the day.
Another way to prevent daytime sleepiness includes going to be at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning. Your body will appreciate the routine, which will help set your internal clock. Also make sure you have a comfortable sleeping environment, with the room temperature set between 60 and 67 degrees. If you find that you're suffering from night sweats, or you can't seem to get comfortable, consider our soft-as-silk moisture-wicking pajamas to keep you cool throughout the night.