Waking up groggy after a night’s sleep is a terrible feeling. Who wants to face a busy day when all you want to do is crawl back into bed? If you’re experiencing this feeling more than once in a while, your lack of quality sleep could be impairing your effectiveness during the daytime. You don’t have to resign yourself to feeling constantly tired, however. Here are some factors that could be interfering with your rest.

The most obvious reason for not feeling rested when you wake up is that you’re not getting the right amount of sleep. Most adults should be getting between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night—you’ll know you’ve hit the right spot in that range when you can wake up to your alarm with little trouble. Getting either too little or (believe it or not) too much sleep can leave you feeling lethargic in the morning. However, an inconsistent sleep schedule, where your bedtime and waking times vary wildly, either from day to day or between weekdays and weekends, can also interfere with the natural cycles that govern how much time you spend in the most restorative phases of sleep, meaning you get less benefit out of your time in bed.

Your sleep environment could also be interfering with your nighttime rest. Light and noise can interrupt your sleep without rousing you to full wakefulness, leaving you feeling weary in the morning even when you think you’ve had enough sleep. Possible culprits are ill-fitting shades that let in outside light, LEDs from electronics, unpredictable street noise, or a snoring partner. A sleep mask and earplugs or a white noise machine may be enough to correct the problem. An uncomfortable mattress can also be a source of broken sleep, if you’re constantly shifting to try to find the right position.

What you do before you go to bed can also be impeding your ability to sleep well. A nightcap, for example, may help you drop off, but alcohol before bed interferes with REM sleep and can cause nighttime wakefulness. You should avoid caffeine, overeating, and drinking too much water in the time leading up to bedtime as well.

If you’re minding your sleep hygiene and leaving yourself time enough for quality rest but you’re still waking up feeling exhausted, it may be time to see a doctor. Disorders like sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, grinding your teeth, or acid reflux may be disturbing your sleep even if you’re not aware it. Correcting the underlying problem can be the solution for improving your sleep, so don’t delay seeing a professional if you’ve tried everything and nothing is working.

At IDLE Sleep, we know that quality rest leads to healthy, productive days. Our luxury mattresses are engineered with the latest in high-tech materials in a variety of styles and levels of firmness to suit every kind of sleeper. If you’re in search of a good night’s sleep, click here to find out which IDLE Sleep mattress is right for you.

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