How to Never Wake up Tired

Is it just me or does it seem to be that no matter how much you sleep, when it comes to waking up during the week, you are always tired!

I admit I used to be horrible at keeping to a bed time. I have a child’s mentality of “I don’t wanna go to bed!” There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day, after getting back from work, to do all the things I want to do. Or rather the big pile of nothing that I want to do. I mostly enjoy picking up a book, putting down a book, rolling around on the sofa and browsing random rubbish online.

I got my act together though and I now stick to a reasonable bed time that should give me those golden 8 hours of sleep. For going to sleep on time I expect to wake up feeling fresh, energetic and gorgeous. But it’s just not working out for me.

The worst bit is, most nights I wake up at some random time in the early hours of the morning and go and have a glass of water. At that time, I’m wide awake! Sure, I could sleep more, but I’m not groggy like I am when it’s time for work. It’s the same at weekends too. I’ve counted the hours I sleep and whatever way I look at it I am only sleeping 8 hours at weekends too but for some reason, on a Saturday morning, I wake up bright as a daisy.

I did dismiss this for a long time thinking that I just had a deep, deep, DEEP hate for work. But I don’t think I do. Then I realised – science.

Sleep Cycles - Why You Feel Tired

When you fall asleep, you first enter a light sleep for 10 – 20 minutes. At this point, your body is getting ready to shut down for the night but you can easily wake up if you are moved or you hear a sound. You gradually fall into a deeper sleep until you get to the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage which is when you are in a deep sleep (and your eyes move rapidly in all directions – which is really creepy). Then your body loops round and repeats this sleep cycle all over again.

If you are woken up during your REM cycle you wake up feeling groggy and that’s why sometimes you feel tired all day even when you swear you slept at a decent time last night. So, if you want to sleep better and feel refreshed in the morning you need to wake up during the beginning stages of your sleep cycle.

How You Can Feel Fresh In The Morning

Luckily, there are loads of cool apps that can now help you wake up at the right time for your body. I’ve started to use the SleepCycle – Sleep Calculator app. It lets you set your alarms based on either when you want to wake up or when you want to sleep and then gives you a list of bed times / wake up options.

Based on my times I get the option for either 10 or 6 hours of sleep often. I've had to play around with my sleep pattern. 6 hours of sleep for a whole week is not enough sleep for me, so I've had to opt for the 10-hour option sometimes. But waking up at the right point in my cycle has made it easier to get out of bed and not fall back asleep! It is quite hard to let go of the “8 hours is a must” mentality but I’m thankful my tiredness isn’t simply a case of “you need more sleep”. Who has time for that!

Places to be, people to see.

Give it a shot guys to see if it helps you feel more rested. Let me know how it goes for you!


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