Are you tired of waking up tired? Are you unsure why you wake up tired? It may be a medical condition causing your tiredness, but it may just be an inconsistent sleep schedule. If your sleep schedule is consistent but still feel unrested after waking up it may be a different problem.
Why am I waking up tired?
Waking up tired can be a symptom of many things including:
- Sleep Apnea
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Mental Health Disorders
Snoring can cause you to wake up tired due to the loud noises produced by the snoring itself. The sound can prevent your bed partner and you from getting into a deep sleep causing non-restful sleep. If the snoring is severe enough, it can decrease the oxygen absorbed by your body which can also lead to less restful sleep also.
Obstructive sleep apnea can lead to sleep that isn’t restful. As discussed at the end of the previous paragraph, the obstruction of your airway can cause a decrease in the amount of the oxygen absorbed by your body leading to less restful sleep. The obstruction can actually cause you to wake up gasping for air, which doesn’t seem very pleasant, and leads to interrupted sleep. After waking up, it can be pretty difficult to fall back asleep which can lead to circadian rhythms and sleep schedules that aren’t consistent.
Restless Leg Syndrome
When sleeping, your leg can move involuntarily, resulting in restless leg syndrome. Restless leg syndrome can cause problems with sleep. These problems are caused by involuntary leg movements while being asleep. The leg movements can sometimes cause you to wake up slightly or even prevent deep sleep. This can cause problems of feeling tired or exhausted even after waking up.
Having gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause problems with sleep. The acid reflux experienced can cause you to slightly wake up during sleep even if you don’t experience heartburn. Nighttime acid reflux can be hard to detect since heartburn isn’t always a symptom, but it can be detected if you consistently wake up with a bad taste in your mouth. The experienced interrupted sleep can cause problems and prevent restful sleep.
Anemia can cause you to feel tired due to decreased blood oxygen levels. Oxygen levels in the blood are decreased due to a low amount of iron or a low amount of blood cells which can cause tiredness. It is more common that women are afflicted by this disorder than men, due to menstruation and giving birth. The constant loss of blood can cause an overall decreased level of blood cells and a decrease in iron in the blood.
Mental Health Disorders
Mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety, can cause someone to be constantly tired. Depression can cause you to feel sad, which can sap your energy, and can cause an inconsistent sleep schedule. It can also cause you to wake up early or prevent you from falling asleep. This makes it difficult for you to become well rested.
Anxiety can interrupt your daily life by causing overwhelming feelings of stress. This can cause you to stay up late or wake up early preventing restful sleep and decreasing your overall amount of sleep. Feeling tired can also just be a symptom of anxiety and may not be directly correlated to your sleep schedule.