Feeling Fatigued? You May Have a Form of Insomnia
A large amount of people experience fatigue. This can end up affecting their ability to function throughout the day, which may even make them end up experiencing problems in their relationships or at work because they find themselves being irritable and unable to focus due to their fatigue.
Despite so many people suffering from fatigue, unfortunately very few people are aware of the causes or ever seek help for the problem.
Some questions to ask yourself if you’re experiencing fatigue:
Do you lie awake at night and have trouble falling asleep?
Do you wake up during the night?
Do you wake up unnaturally early and have trouble going back to sleep?
Do you find evidence that you have been tossing and turning a lot during the night, such as tangled sheets?
Do you find that even if you slept all night you don’t feel rested?
If any of these sound like you, it is possible that you’re suffering from insomnia. Contrary to popular belief, insomnia is not just an inability to fall asleep – it also refers to the quality of sleep. This means that you could sleep all night but still have insomnia! You may not realize that the quality of sleep you’re getting isn’t very good for any of a variety of reasons, and this can lead to experiencing fatigue the next day.
Many of us who experience fatigue then turn to heavily caffeinated drinks such as coffee and energy drinks to keep ourselves going throughout the day. These in turn damage our bodies and can also cause cravings for unhealthy foods which will, along with the caffeine, then prevent you from sleeping well at night. It becomes a vicious cycle which becomes more serious if sleeping pills are added into the mix.
While sleeping pills give fast results, they do not address the underlying problems which lead to insomnia. In additions, sleeping pills can cause fatigue, lack of thought clarity, and general frustration the next day.
There is a lot of stress placed on everyone every day – especially with the state of the economy lately. This stress takes a toll on your body and can manifest as trouble resting. Try to take a few minutes for yourself and think about the things that cause you stress. Then make simple, easy plans to alleviate that stress.
Make sure to always give yourself the chance to “slow down” at the end of each day. This could be as simple as having a warm bath, sipping herbal tea before bed, or cuddling with your significant other.
It’s important to have support whenever you’re having trouble sleeping. It could be stress or depression-related, and having knowledgeable support is an important step to beating your insomnia and no longer feeling fatigue during the day.