KEEP WAKING UP
Being woken up in the night could affect your mood and alertness. Whether you are roused by toilet trips, a ringing phone, a crying baby or a change in temperature, even sleeping through the rest of the night could mean getting the benefits of just four hours of continuous sleep.
SLEEPING TOO MUCH
Just as sleeping too little is bad, sleeping too much - more than the usual seven to nine hours - can cause you to have daytime drowsiness and increased health risks.
And this may lead you to feel like spending more time in bed, so it has to be a conscious decision on your part to reverse this situation and get the right amount of sleep.
NOT ENOUGH IRON
Being low on iron affects many women and leads to poor blood oxygenation as well as other symptoms such as brain fog.
If you feel tired, breathless and irritable all the time, and you are looking pale and losing more hair, seek medical help and get your iron levels tested.
ADDICTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA
Set a definite bedtime for yourself and leave all the gadgets outside the bedroom. Long hours on social media not only affects your sleep, but it also negatively impacts your well-being and makes it hard to wake up on time.
A study by The Ohio State University in the US found that being exposed to violent media could make you 13 times more likely to have a violent dream. And that cannot be good for rest.
BAD WORKING HOURS
Our circadian rhythms decide if we are night owls or morning larks, and that can affect how alert we are during work hours.
If you are feeling tired all the time, an incompatible work schedule - whether due to shift work, early mornings or late nights - may be the cause, and it is something to consider before taking up or leaving a job.
WONKY MELATONIN LEVELS
Naturally occurring melatonin promotes sleep, but your body may not be producing enough. Some studies have shown that drinking melatonin-rich tart cherry juice may help, as can melatonin tablets, but consult your doctor before taking any supplements.
A study revealed that people who smoke tend to feel more tired, are less physically active and also less motivated to exercise more.
Source: The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.
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