- Keep it consistent. Don't try to sleep in on the weekends to make up for lost sleep. Keep your sleeping schedule consistent and not erratic, which means waking up and sleeping at the same time every day. Whenever you alter the times you get up and go to bed, you're disrupting your body clock.
- Get it checked out. Maybe the reason you're waking up drowsy is health-related. Certain medical conditions like sleep apnea can disrupt your night's rest. Disorders like depression can also cause you to feel drained of energy, a symptom that can contribute to your grogginess. Get it checked out with a doctor and treat the problem.
- You snooze, you lose. Hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock can actually make you more tired. Your body will try to go into a sleep cycle, but it'll be disrupted every time you're woken up by the snooze button (which usually goes off every 10 minutes), leaving you lethargic for the rest of the day.
- Lessen your caffeine intake. Drinking caffeinated drinks is a double-edged sword. It's a stimulant that wakes you right up but tends to be less effective over time and the more you intake.
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- Watch what you eat and drink before you sleep. Be careful of ingesting caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods, and more before bed because they can affect the quality of your sleep. Ingesting a lot of liquids right before you sleep can also cause you to wake up to make bathroom trips during the night.
- Dim lighting before bed. During the hour or two before bedtime, dim the lighting so you can slowly transition to sleep mode. The flickering lights in your electronic gadgets can also cause your body to go to awake mode, so don't use them right before you go to bed, or at least, dim them as much as you can. This includes your TV, smartphones, and tablets.
- Deal with your bedmate. If it's Fido waking you up throughout the night, kick him out of the bedroom, or set aside a pet bed for him to sleep on. If it's your partner, talk to him or her about the problem. If your partner wakes up earlier, ask him or her to use a vibrating alarm clock or be more mindful of the noises he or she makes while getting ready. And if your bedmate has sleep apnea, encourage him or her to seek medical help for it.
- Don't work on your bed. Working on your bed may be comfortable, but it can also lead you to start associating the daily grind with it, which may make it hard to disconnect when you're drifting off into dreamland. Resolve to work in other locations.
- Watch the temperature. The temperature in your room can affect your sleep. Your body has a set temperature point that it tries to achieve while you're asleep, so if the room is too cold or hot, your body will be struggling to reach it, resulting in poor-quality sleep.
- Work it out. You've heard it before, and I'll say it again: regular exercise will help you sleep better, letting you wake up feeling refreshed in the morning.
- Reassess your medications. The effects of certain medications that cause drowsiness can linger until the next morning. Check with your doctor to see if you can adjust the dosage or change medications.
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