Are you tired of being tired?

tired of being tired

If you depend on coffee or energy drinks to get you through the day, you may have a more serious problem than caffeine addiction.

Do you feel like you are tired much of the time? Maybe you seem to get enough sleep. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you are in bed for seven or eight hours but feel like you wake up several times at night either with multiple trips to the bathroom or staring at the clock calculating how many hours or minutes until you have to get up anyway.

If you are drinking more coffee or other caffeinated drinks just to fight off exhaustion, you may have a sleep disorder. More than 35% of U.S. adults report sleeping less than the recommended seven hours each night, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Health Index shows that 45% of Americans “say that poor or insufficient sleep affected their activity” at least once a week.

Doubling down on that double espresso isn’t going to help. As a stimulant, caffeine may offer a temporary energy boost but its sleep-disrupting effects can outweigh the perceived benefits. Your personal tolerance threshold may vary, but try limiting caffeine drinks to fewer than four each day and switch to decaf – or none – after 2:00 pm.

sleep diaryStill dragging yourself through meetings, carpools or even a haircut after making some basic sleep hygiene changes? Your use of caffeine may be an attempt to deal with a more serious sleep problem. If you want to get better sleep and actually feel rested, first take our Sleep Screening Questionnaire and download our Sleep Diary to track details about your actual sleep habits.

Talk to your doctor if you have trouble sleeping or trouble staying awake during the day. Sleep, exercise and diet are the basic elements for good health and there are now many ways to treat a wide range of sleep disorders.

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If you have questions about any sleep problems or would like to make an appointment, please give us a call at 847-674-3600.

 

 

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