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We tend to feel more tired as the year comes to an end, but if you experience constant tiredness, there might be something else you need to pay attention to!
If there is one thing that feeling tired all of the time can do is affect your mental health. If you get a good night's sleep but your energy levels are never restored, then there might some medical causes behind it.
Dr. Kat Lederle, head of Sleep Health at Somnia, says
Sleep is a basic human health behavior that everybody needs in order to perform during waking hours. All animals show a rest-activity rhythm. Without downtime, the body is unable to repair and restore its functions. What follows are physical and mental illnesses and health problems.
If you are constantly tired, you might be suffering from burn-out.
Going to bed hungry as well as being overweight can reduce the quality of your sleep, says Dr. Lederle.
A personally healthy diet and regular meal-times with an eating window of 12 hours will support sleep.'
A sedentary lifestyle can have a lot of consequences in your life. And it will also have an impact on your sleep quality.
Extensive periods of sedentary behavior are associated with poor sleep quality, says Dr. Lederle.
Get up every hour and move or stretch a little. Regular exercise will also help to promote healthy sleep.
Being under a lot of stress can also affect the quality of your sleep and, as a result, you might not wake up feeling rested.
Stress is a common trigger of sleep problems leaving the body in an aroused state,' says Dr. Lederle.
'Detaching from work or a stressful event in the evening is important to maintain healthy sleep. Daily meditation practices help you to learn ways to step back from worrying thoughts and feelings allowing you to remain calmer.'