Why am I so tired?

Why am I so tired?

Why am I so tired?

Are you fed-up with always feeling tired? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get a full night’s sleep and wake feeling rested and ready to charge into your day?
In this article, we explore the many factors that could be contributing to your tiredness, including one that is often overlooked – the state of your mattress.

Common causes of tiredness

Whatever the cause – tossing and turning, waking during the night or simply not getting enough sleep - feeling tired is a complaint shared by many.
Here are some of the things that could be affecting your sleep at night and energy levels during the day:
  • Your level of fitness
Exercise has a big impact on how well we sleep. If you don’t really exercise at all, then you may find it hard to sleep through the night. Conversely, over-exercising – particularly in the evening - can have the same effect, so it’s best to find a healthy balance.
  • Watch the stimulants!
We all know caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea and some soft drinks) can keep us awake, but do you find you wake in the middle of the night after drinking alcohol? This is because our liver processes stimulants while we sleep. Be wary too of drinking alcohol regularly as this can lead to depression, which can also affect sleep (see below).
  • Weight gain
If you’re carrying more weight than is healthy, your body has to work harder to do normal, everyday things which can lead to fatigue during the day, and disturbed sleep at night. If you’ve gained a lot of weight in recent years, it may be time to invest in a new mattress that will provide your body with better support and a better night’s sleep.
  • Chronic medical problems
Depending on the problem, medical issues can certainly make you feel tired and keep you from sleeping. Having a good mattress that provides the right support for you could be beneficial.
  • Medications
Some medications can cause tiredness, inability to sleep or restless sleep. Check with your doctor if this is an issue for you.
  • Depression and anxiety
Feeling depressed or anxious can hinder sleep and leave us feeling drained of energy.
It’s a good idea to take a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing, as the above factors are often interrelated.
How a good mattress can help
While investing in a comfortable and supportive mattress may not have been a priority before, now that your sleep is suffering and you’re waking feeling tired, it could be time to reconsider.
Tip: did you know that the average lifespan of a mattress is about 8-10 years?
The problem with old mattresses
An old mattress can be a damp mattress. It’s an unsettling thought but the reality is old mattresses aren’t only uncomfortable, they can be unhygienic too. Not a good recipe for a sound night’s sleep! The good news is, innovative modern mattresses have air circulation techniques and fabrics which promote a drier, more restful and hygienic sleep.
When selecting a new mattress, it’s important to choose one that complements your body and the way you sleep.  
While the best mattress for you doesn’t need to be the most expensive, bear in mind that purchasing a mattress is an investment in your ability to make the most of life.
Tip: Investing in a good night’s sleep: Over 10 years, every $1000 you spend on a mattress works out to cost you just 27 cents per night.
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