20 Nov 4 Signs You’re Exhausted and Not Just Tired
Do you find yourself constantly yawning throughout the day? Do you struggle to stay awake during midday meetings? Do you pass out on the couch when you get home neglecting even to change into your PJ’s?
Everyone feels worn down every now and again, but there’s a difference between being tired and being exhausted. Exhaustion is much more dangerous. Oftentimes, we take our need to sleep for granted and overlook the health concerns that come about because of a lack of it. Being perpetually exhausted can lead to a variety of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality. If you notice any of these signs, give yourself some much-needed care and rest.
Do you have dry, scaly skin or cracked lips? Do you get frequent headaches? Dehydration and exhaustion go hand in hand. It’s impossible to maintain energy if you don’t have enough water. Partly because your brain is about 85% water and needs it to operate correctly. Dehydration may disrupt healthy brain function during sleep. Staying hydrated throughout the day can help you sleep better at night. Just don’t drink a lot of water right before bed. You’ll disrupt your sleep cycle when you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Junk Food Cravings
Are you always hungry? Do you crave salty, sugary, highly caloric snacks all the time? When you don’t get enough sleep your body produces a stress hormone called cortisol. In order to balance out the amount of cortisol, the brain actively seeks serotonin….a calming hormone. A really easy way to get a heaping dose of serotonin is by eating comfort foods full of fats and carbs. Unfortunately, giving in and binging on these kinds of snacks could make you even more exhausted. When you eat these foods your blood sugar and insulin levels rise quickly and then plummet quickly. This not only causes you to be even more exhausted but to also crave more salty, sugary, fatty calories. If you find yourself reaching for junk food when you’re tired, make a conscious effort to turn away and grab low-glycemic foods like fruits and whole grains instead. They’ll stabilize your blood sugar and insulin levels and give you the boost you’re really looking for.
Sluggish Thinking and Irritable Mood
Is your thinking foggy and muddled? Are you more forgetful than usual? Are you always in a sour mood? You may be experiencing a disruption in your REM sleep. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep is characterized by random movement of the eyes and the propensity of the sleeper to have vivid dreams. It’s a 90 minute period where your body stabilizes the chemical balances in your brain, stabilizes your mood, and processes memories and knowledge.If you’re always sluggish, irritable, and forgetful, you may not be getting enough REM sleep.
Waking Up Tired
If you go to bed on time every night, but you still wake up tired and are sluggish the next day, you could have a condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during the night, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain — and the rest of the body — may not get enough oxygen. Because sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that has been associated with high blood pressure, increased risk for stroke, heart attack, diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease, heart failure, hypothyroidism, abnormal heart rhythm, and death treating sleep apnea is a very serious matter. Often patients diagnosed with sleep apnea have trouble wearing their prescribed CPAP machine which increases their risk of dangerous side effects. A dental appliance, however, can often effectively treat sleep apnea which results in better sleep and less exhaustion.
Missing a single night’s sleep can result in increased depression, fatigue, confusion, reduced vigor, mood swings, and reduced ability to concentrate. Over many many nights, serious health problems begin to arise. If you’re always exhausted, give us a call at (662) 823-7900. We can help you rest easier by fitting you with a dental device that has been proven to be effective for sleep apnea patients. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, this oral appliance can help you get the much-needed rest you’ve been missing out on.