13 Weird Reasons Why You’re Still Tired When You Wake Up, According To Science

If morning grogginess and daytime exhaustion has become your MO, you’ll probably want to start figuring out why you’re still tired when you wake up. It may not seem like a big deal — I mean, everyone’s tired, right? But since your sleep directly impacts everything else you do, getting to the bottom of the issue can mean improving the rest of your life.

As Dr. David Edelson, the medical director of HealthBridge Sleep Medicine tells me, some side effects of lack of sleep include daytime fatigue, poor job performance, hypertension, depression, anxiety, and an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, among other things. So yea… it’s a pretty big deal.

If you’re practicing good sleep hygiene (going to bed at the same time every night, sleeping in a dark room, keeping your phone far, far away, etc.) but still wake up tired, it could mean some kind of weird sleep disorder is cropping up in the middle of the night, or another outside force is keeping you awake.

“If you find yourself constantly waking up tired in the morning, seek the advice of a doctor experienced in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders,” Edelson says. He or she can find out what’s going wrong, and give you some treatment options so you can finally get the rest you need.

Below, a few weird reasons — from sleep terrors to blue light — that might explain why you aren’t sleeping well at night.

1. Insomnia

Insomnia is one of the leading causes of fatigue, affecting up to 20 percent of the population. “Causes include stress, medications, travel, poor sleep hygiene conditions, caffeine, nicotine, anxiety and depression, among many others,” says Edelson. “Patients may not be able to fall asleep, or may not be able to stay asleep for more than a few hours.” So, even though you spent all night lying in bed, it might explain why you’re still so sleepy.

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