Sleep deprivation is one of the causes of poor productivity in the workplace, a tired feeling during the day and not to forget, stress. Humans normally need from seven to nine hours of sleep to feel fully awake during the daytime.
The National Sleep Foundation says when an individual is not able to rest well after 9 p.m., the body will experience a slower survival mode. This is due to the failure of the body to release the hormone melatonin which is beneficial in helping people sleep.
It should be understood that sleeping woes differ from one person to another. As such, it is important to know what may be causing your inability to dose off so you can take the right steps.
If you’re sleepy
Medical experts say following a sleeping pattern is the best solution. This means going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. It will help train the brain to be alert when needed and regulate the production of your melatonin.
If you’re stressed
When a person feels anxious, the entire body usually feels exhausted. What you can do then is to counteract the stress by diverting your attention. You can go for a walk, talk to a friend or do something you like. This will help normalize the stress hormone cortisol resulting in a more refreshed feeling.
If you’re physically tired
Doing regular workouts several times a week can cause fatigue of the entire body. Physical activities such as weightlifting and running can tear the muscles. To recover, avoid exhausting yourself for a day or two until the muscle soreness disappears.
If you feel groggy after lunch
This can be caused by a meal heavy on carbs than fat or protein. Avoid sugars and carbs then and rather stick to lean protein, some fat and veggies. Sweet potato can replace the carbs.
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Originally posted on March 6, 2013 @ 11:46 am