Sleep Specialist Reveals Why You’re Always Tired – And How To Fix Your Sleep
As the year draws to an end, many will be feeling tired and in need of some decent quality rest.
But if exhaustion is a year-round problem for you, it could be that you’re doing something wrong – and need to rectify your shut-eye habits.
Here, speaking to FEMAIL, Bondi-based sleep specialist Olivia Arezzolo revealed the seven reasons why you’re always tired – and what you can do to improve your sleep.
So what are they?
1. You’ve got lights on in the evening
While devices are often blamed for keeping people awake at night, Olivia said it’s not just your iPad and iPhone that are to blame, but also your overhead lights at home.
‘Research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrionology and Metabolism proved that room lights – yes, the regular ones in your ceiling or lamps – suppress the sleepiness hormone melatonin by 90 minutes, leading to shorter and lighter sleep,’ Olivia told FEMAIL.
Solve it: ‘You can solve this by wearing blue light blocking glasses, using plug in sleep suitable lights or both.’
2. You’re hitting the snooze button in the morning
People who hit the snooze button often fall victim to thinking that the snooze button allows them a precious few extra minutes in the morning.
But, in fact, Olivia said it does the opposite.
‘Scientists at the University of California highlighted that this factor contributes to sleep inertia, or that groggy “haven’t slept at all” feeling,’ she said.
Especially for those who have had a late night, she added, the jolts of the alarm can ‘disrupt you during the deep stages of sleep, which is the period when our bodies are repairing themselves to their full functioning level’.
Solve it: ‘You can remedy this by labelling your alarm clock with something you’re excited about for that day,’ Olivia said. ‘In order to turn off the alarm, you read your motivation, and are more likely to get up.’