More tips on how to get better sleep to help generate endless energy without side effect drugs. In this part we will concentrate on problems that may arise with you getting the best sleep of your life and what you can do to resolve them.
Suppose you are following all the aforementioned tips yet you are still waking up with a groggy head or still feeling unrefreshed? Before we go into this however, I would suggest that you try the grounding/earthing sheet idea first.
I spent years on time and money wasting solutions that did not work. Once I added the grounding sheet (grounded to the outside with a grounding kit in my case), not only did I sleep more soundly, but do not wake up groggy or dizzy anymore. Amazing to me! Should have tried it years ago when I first became aware of it. Would have helped my sleep issues immensely.
That said, if you still wake up groggy after trying the aforementioned suggestions, there may be other issues that may be preventing you from getting the sleep you need. Let’s take a look at some possibilities to consider.
Mold – If you have mold in your room then you’ll be breathing in mycotoxins and mold spores. These can dry out your throat and lungs and cause inflammation and poor sleep. Make sure this issue is not one that may be impacting you. You can purchase a DIY Mold Test kit if you suspect this may be an issue for you and test it yourself.
Dehydration – If you wake up dehydrated, you will have a headache and dry throat. This is not a great start to the day. Make sure you go to bed with a big glass of water. One suggestion is to take some chia seeds which will store hydration while you rest.
Pollen – Do you have allergic reactions to pollen? This could be another reason you might be waking up feeling rough. Even if you didn’t know you were allergic, this is something that can develop at any point during your life. For example, if you get a new pet. Closing the window will help. Allergy test kits for food and environment can be purchased at reasonable cost to help.
You can also purchase a good air filtration unit to use in the bedroom such as the Levoit LV-PUR131 which is highly rated after at 4.5 stars after nearly 850 reviews on Amazon. There are many other choice available as well. This can help both your allergies and help keep the air clean while sleeping.
Medication – If you are using anti anxiety medication, antidepressants or – ironically – antihistamines, then these can leave you tired and groggy in the morning. Even some sleeping tablets will make you feel tired in the morning.
This includes relying on melatonin to get to sleep. The problem with melatonin is that it can down-regulate your body’s natural ability to use it on its own and shut down your body’s ability to use it at all. Use all supplements judiciously even natural one’s.
Apnea – If you still can’t work out what’s wrong, it might be that you have a case of sleep apnea. This means that you are stopping breathing in the night and waking up for short periods. Patients are unaware when they have the condition. Go to a sleep clinic for confirmation. They may recommend you try using a CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure) which are not cheap when you add it all up.
If you suspect that sleep apnea is an issue, first, take a look at this book Hacking Sleep Apnea (6th Edition) 18 Strategies to Breathe and Sleep Easy Again, written by a respiratory technician which clears up a lot of misconceptions and offers options that have been proven to work. It may save you the cost of a CPAP device.
One of the biggest ways to ruin your energy levels and to waste your time is to keep hitting snooze on your alarm. We think it will make us feel better. In fact, you will feel much worse!
That’s because we sleep in cycles. If you hit the snooze button whatever cycle you were in is interrupted and a new one has been initiated. You cannot complete a cycle in 10 or 15 minutes.
Sleep cycles are 90 minutes each and repeat 4 to 6 times a night. Even if you get a full night sleep you can still wake up groggy if you wake up in the middle of a sleep cycle.
Don’t use the snooze button. The additional sleep will not help.
Instead, time your sleep cycles so that you take advantage of the best natural times for sleep which are between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. because we get the most beneficial hormonal secretions and recovery between those hours.
Thus, it would be better to sleep from 10:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. than 1:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. because you are getting more optimal sleeping time. See Shawn’s book in which he devotes a whole chapter to this topic.
Instead of hitting the snooze button, remind yourself you will feel worse, not better. If you really understand what’s behind it, you will avoid making this mistake.
One simple habit to adopt is to get to bed earlier to take advantage of the natural sleep cycles discussed above.
You don’t have to bolt out of bed when the alarm goes off either. Try just sitting up when the alarm goes off and letting things settle for a minute or two instead of launching out of bed. This will help steady you before you start the day.
Another tip is to invest in a daylight lamp. These include the likes of the Lumie Bodyclock Wake-Up Light. This is a lamp combined with an alarm clock.
They work by gradually getting brighter as it gets closer to morning simulating the sunrise. This can wake you up more gradually rather than with the abrupt alarm sound.
The Lumie Bodyclock emanates a light much closer to the wavelength of the sun helping to send the right signals to your brain. They’re actually used to treat seasonal effective disorder (SAD} but anyone can benefit from being awakened by a simulated sunrise.
That should give you plenty of options to adjust your sleep to get the most energy producing benefit from this necessary period of time. Now, we’ll move on to exercise and see how that can help us produce more energy.
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