Return to Article 11 months ago, AbrarAhmad said... There are a few reasons you are feeling tired without any reason. One of them is anemia, which is a lack of red blood cells and conversely, oxygen from the lungs is not properly brought to the tissues and cells. Anemia may be caused by deficiency of vitamins or minerals, internal bleeding or chronic diseases. Women who are at “that time” of the month are susceptible to anemia as blood is lost during menstruation. Still, iron deficiency due to menstruation is less than in pregnant women or lactating mothers, as their body needs extra iron to maintain healthy blood levels. Things may also go wrong when your thyroid glands refuse to cooperate with you. Thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) are responsible for metabolic processes in the body. Too much thyroid hormone causes hyperthyroidism which speeds up metabolism while too little thyroid hormone slows down metabolism. Hyperthyroidism causes fatigue and muscle weakness and starts in the thighs. Doing energy demanding activities become difficult and other symptoms include weight loss, feeling warm, shorter menstruations, increased heart rate and thirst. Hypothyroidism also causes fatigue and muscle weakness. The symptoms are reversed to hyperthyroidism such as weight gain, feeling cold and longer menstruations. Diabetes, notorious for causing a range of problems in the body, is also related to fatigue. As glucose is the staple fuel of the body, it is not utilized properly in patients with type 2 diabetes as the absence of insulin causes the glucose to build up in the body. Without its staple fuel, the tissues of the body are not nourished properly and causes fatigue. Sadly, being sad can also be the reason you feel tired. Depression induces negative feelings and also has negative effects on the body as it causes a reduction in energy levels, changes in sleep and eating patterns, decreased concentration and overall laziness and worthlessness which keeps you in bed all day. about 1 year ago, a fellow commenter said... To the person who said "If you're still tired when you wake up, go back to sleep." and then added for an extra touchy of smart gassiness, "Problem solved!" Yea, you know what, buddy? Most of us can't just go back to sleep because we have little things called "jobs" and children who aren't going to watch themselves. Yea, YOU go back to sleep, ballsack. over 1 year ago, Vanessa19991 said... I have sleep apnea. I wake up either gasping for breath or I wake up in a delirious state and feeling like I am choking. I can't tell you how many times I have woken up delirious thinking I swallowed something in my sleep. It's scary. over 1 year ago, Dudeso said... Jesus, I have all of these. Every single one. over 1 year ago, luanna said... i am sleeping a lot and i am weak and tired every day and now i am having nosebleeds with my health that i have for yrs i never been like this it haves just started 2 months ago over 1 year ago, a fellow commenter said... this article is full of errors, I'm not going to go into extreme details, I simply don't have the time. but the fact there are some errors should be a warning that the rest of the information is faulty aswell. the list of foods you gave may be acidic in their ph, but they are alkaline forming on the stomach and taking over the counter ant acids is the main reason for the cause of acid reflux. acid reflux is caused by a damaged sphincter to the stomach not too much acid in the stomach (which is literally insane idea) low stomach acid allows bacteria such as h. pylori to form and damage to sphincter which keeps the contents of the stomach in the stomach and not in your oesophagus. increasing the stomach acid with quality sea salt is the cure. either get it completely right or ruin the entire reputation. over 1 year ago, a fellow commenter said... Very helpful article. Thank you for sharing such great stuff! almost 2 years ago, Crack Life's Code said... Not using your phone before bed is so obvious, yet I still do it. I'm going to employ a fierce non phone usage protocol at night. Thanks for this almost 2 years ago, Karen W. From Maine said... My doctor said it was my thyroid and put me on Levothyroxine 88 MCG. I feel so much better now. At least when I remember to take my meds. Haha! Thank you for the sleep apnea info tho! My mom has that & hates the machine. Thanks again! about 2 years ago, a fellow commenter said... I am not disagreeing that sleep is important. However, has anyone ever felt like you had more to do than there was time for? Or that you were having so much fun doing something you love that you'd rather miss out on a full night of sleep? There's something I just found called 1 Hour Sleep and it's a supplement that helps you go and go on about 10 hours of good energy. Hey, if you're anything like me, it's worth looking into. Best part- no side effects. No jittery-ness, No Crash.. 1hrsleep.com over 2 years ago, Latter-day Morning said... This is great! My wife and I have been trying our best to help her feel better after sleeping and I think your tips on fixing snoring could help (even if just a little bit). Thank you. over 2 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Useful. Thank you. over 2 years ago, Boosting of WBC said... When I sleep longer crossing 8am till 11 or11:30 am I feel very lazyness and heart burn. However my sleeping time is 2am because my office timing is from 4pm to 12midnight. What is ur suggestion for me. over 2 years ago, silas nyamweya said... Sleep disorders may be a psychological problem or simply lack of sleep from other factors such as working overnight without sleeping well on the day time. One way to solve this without first seeing a doctor is to ensure that you get a good sleep whether on the day time or at night. pls visit this site for more information over 2 years ago, The Jeffrey said... If you are tired in the morning when you wake up just go back to sleep. PROBLEM SOLVED. over 2 years ago, a fellow commenter said... When I wake to daylight, I feel rested. However, during winter this is not possible. Are there any suggestions? Also in one of my yoga nidra courses, they say that laying on your left side can constrict the heart and is not as healthy; so when waking from the meditation, to roll to the right side. The article here suggests the left side. over 2 years ago, PaigeW22 said... I use a golf ball muscle massager to roll out each morning which really helps my body into the day i attached the link, it really does help. I also drink a scoop of biosteel which can help wake me up instead of coffee. Anybody else have any other ideas? over 2 years ago, a fellow commenter said... This was very informative almost 3 years ago, Juri Dard said... Sometimes the real problem is not with you but with your surroundings... For me the problem was with bad ventilation in my bedroom. I was really surprised when I know how quick CO2 concentration is increasing, which can cause CO2 poisoning. You can read a little here: http://wakeuptired.com/wake-up-tired/air Because of this poisoning I was waking tired already tired... Not the best condition to start the new day. about 3 years ago, Ric's wife said... One of the comments on this issue had to do with overload of mental info: in other words that our brains, as my old friend Thomasina used to say, "Y'all gots a bad case of fidgets!!" So, calming the churning thoughts in your brain should be for many of us, priority one. In bed, I will read material which is inspirational: being a Twelve Stepper of long standing, I recommend any or all of the AA/Hazelden books (especially Night Lights) as a way to calm the tossing and fussing. Creating the right mental climate is as helpful as cean sheets, warm milk, and an empty bladder!:-)) about 3 years ago, Mickey Dee said... Explaining the different causes of the symptoms Thank you. about 3 years ago, Ric's wife said... Ric and I had various sleep issues. He was very portly when I met him, and has now lost about seventy five pounds. (!!) That, along with having a surgical procedure done on his uvula, has changed his once window rattling snore to a gentle buzz, which I do not mind at all. For my part, I have tendonitis and shoulder pain, which used to wake me in the small hours. Now, I manage fine: with ibuprofen, light stretching exercises, arnica gel...and I also have discovered the joys of Valerian liquid and sometimes Camomile tea. All helpful. Don't think you have to lose sleep and 'just live with it'. There are many things that can be done to help a person rest better, for longer stretches, and wake refreshed. Check them out! ZZZZZZZZZZ about 3 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Each article was very helpful. I suspected some of the causes that were mentioned but was glad to have confirmation. Thank you. over 3 years ago, a fellow commenter said... It was quite informative about reasons for my daytime fatigue and my husband's. I was particularly interested in the suggestions from the author on ways to deal with some of the problems that cause sleeplessness and daytime grogginess. over 3 years ago, Treetea said... Thank you for posting this article. It's a great read, and I think reason #7 is the culprit of my diurnal exhaustion. over 3 years ago, doesn'tmatter said... number 3 is tossing and turning in your sleep or waking up to use the bathroom but all I see is help on how to stop yourself from waking up to use the bathroom it doesn't say anything about tossing and turning, almost 4 years ago, grorgio said... This kind of information is VERY helpful!!!!!! almost 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... OK, I'm old, I get up three times a night to urinate. I have a big glass of water before bed, and a smaller glass after each nightly visit to the bathroom. I fall back to sleep immediately, and wake up each time from a deep sleep. In the morning I wake up from a deep sleep fully awake, and off course I immediately have a big glass of water. I am alert throughout the day, except for a a drowsiness in the afternoon - I nap for twenty minutes, back to full alertness. I think a lot of people have problems because they do not hydrate enough. almost 4 years ago, sunde43 said... I have that overactive bladder, I get up every hour on the hour. I fall asleep, dream, wake up , go potty. I have no problem getting to sleep. I told the doctor, he sent me to a sleep apnea center and it turns out that I have interrupted sleep because of my breathing, snoring etc. So when I go to sleep, dream, stop breathing, jerk , wake up, activates my organs and then I have to go potty. Ahhhhh so fun getting old almost 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Or maybe a cat is in your bed, waking you several times during the night. almost 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Allergies also affects your sleep almost 4 years ago, Bert77 said... I didn't see a listing for stress, or possible chronic effects of poor dental hygiene. If your mouth has low-level infections because your gums are falling apart, your body's working to fight that action, 24/7. Your immune system is putting in double shifts, which taxes your normal energy. Stress: I think that the Information Age brings us in contact with so much information anymore, that it can end up rolling around in our heads at night, kind of like Windows with background processing and so forth. You 'download' content into your head mainly via your eyes but also through your ears, from video and radio and computer text, as well as your daily doings and dealings IRL. The brain spends extra time, and energy, trying to reconcile all of that during sleep. If your sleep is disturbed, maybe time to think about what you're feeding your mind in the course of your waking hours. GIGO. Garbage in, Garbage out. Also, sleep environment, so, TV/computers again. Where do you sleep, how quiet is it, with whom do you sleep, where you sleep, and and and. To sleep, perchance to dream. Practice good sleep(and personal) hygiene. Hygiene. Not just a casual greeting, anymore. about 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Duh. The reason I wake up groggy is that I haven't had coffee yet. about 4 years ago, janicemthompson@yaho said... For the past several weeks I had notices that there was a difference (in sleeping on my right side rather than the left not coughing up more puffy white stuff) about 4 years ago, Genn said... This was really helpful, thanks! :) about 4 years ago, Steve Litton said... I suppose I knew I had sleep apnea for a long time. I would fall asleep anywhere, even driving, I had some real close calls. When I had a colonoscopy, and I awoke, the Dr. asked if I was aware that I had sleep apnea. I replied that I suspected it. He told me that my O2 Sat falls to 61%, I stop breathing and I am probably damaging my heart. This got my attention. I looked it up on the internet and found out I was in some real danger. So I went to my Dr. and asked for a sleep study. I discussed with him the other Dr.'s comments. He sent me home with a device that recorded during my sleep at home. No attempting to sleep somewhere else, watched by someone. In the morning, I took the device back to him. The nurse called and said my sleep apnea was critical. I stopped breathing 76 times an hour, O2 Sat dropped to 61%. They sent someone to my home with a CPAP machine. The first night, I struggled a little, somewhat uncomfortable. It measures how long it is running, not how long you sleep. 1.7 hours in the bed, I got up, took a few steps, and realized - I AM NOT TIRED! I know I fought the mask some of that 1.7 hours. How long did I sleep? Do not know. So, I had to start midnights that night - I always take a nap at ~ noon. After getting up at 2:00 AM, after 1.7 hours of sleep, I could not nap, I felt too good. So I went to work , 4 PM to 5 AM. Then the hour drive home. I was bouncing off the walls all night. Not tired driving home, even read the news when I got home. Finally after ~ 29 hours awake, I got just over 2 hours sleep, and back on midnight shift. Again, bounced off the walls all night, felt great! I was not tired driving home. It took a week before I could sleep over 3 hours. And all the while I was feeling great. It must have been 15 to 20 years since I had a good night's sleep. Now, it is week 3 with my CPAP - my new best friend. I am now up to 6 hours a night, feeling better than I can ever remember! I do not fall asleep driving, at the computer, watching a movie! My mind is so much clearer. In the 3 weeks, I have lost 25 pounds. I cannot say the CPAP machine did the weight loss. I just feel so great; I just became determined to loss the weight. Two weeks and down from 230 to 205 pounds. Life is great! I am nearing retirement and I can see a bright future now. I have shared this with the guys I work with. If you even have a question, do a sleep study. Give it a chance. Having a good night's sleep, I did not even remember what feeling good was like. I have to say it again, Life is great! about 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... I would have thought that peripheral neuropathy would have been high up on the list. about 4 years ago, Thatguy said... Thanks! about 4 years ago, senja66 said... Sometimes I wake up tired when my blood sugar is too high. about 4 years ago, Ricochet360 said... Never, ever suggest covering the light on a smoke alarm. the light serves the purpose of letting you know if the battery/equipment is working. I would hate to think that I could have prevented a tragedy if I had noticed that the light was not on. about 4 years ago, anxious wife said... Thank you. I am sure this is the reason for my feeling tired in the morning. will follow your advise. about 4 years ago, Diwiyana said... I've heard of all these conditions but it's good to review. My problem sleeping is that I sleep with someone who thrashes around and occasionally clobbers me in his sleep! about 4 years ago, John O said... Article yes, comment re homeo s well worth the try. plus costs yoo about 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Forget the drugs or so-called "meds," which is often just another euphemism for hard-core drugs. Instead, go homeopathic or ayurvedic by using cardamom and coriander for intestinal issues. But, don't mention this to the U.S. FDA--they don't want anyone to know this stuff actually works. And, they don't want to stop the profit-machine of "big pharma," most of which is pure snake oil. about 4 years ago, ntcmjohn said... Thanks. It was extremely helpful. about 4 years ago, joanrrt said... GERD, frequent nighttime urination, Bruxism, restless leg syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), mouth breathing and snoring can ALL be symptoms of Sleep Apnea. Untreated Sleep Apnea can cause death, however, it can also cause a permanently disabling stroke or heart attack. Research shows that untreated Sleep Apnea has been associated with difficulty controlling high blood pressure and blood sugar, memory issues, irritability, depression, dementia, colon cancer, disruption of genes, heart failure, weight gain, increased appetite, erectile dysfunction, falling asleep while driving, rhinitis, migraines, daytime tiredness and more. CPAP and BIPAP or BiLevel (PAP) refer to the machine that blows the air. Usually the most important piece of treatment is the mask or interface. This is the part that attaches to your face. It must fit well, not leak and be reasonably comfortable or all of the equipment will end up in your closet where it will sit unused. There are many, many types of masks from small pillow type that go to your nostrils to nasal that covers your nose, full face that covers your nose and mouth and total that covers eyes, nose and mouth. The best mask is the one that fits your face, does not leak and that you can tolerate considering your sleep position and habits. If you are using PAP and feel like you get a cold or allergies when you use it; ask for a heated humidifier. The large amounts of air going up your nose can irritate the mucous membranes so that they make a lot of mucous. Don't become a statistic! Get tested and if you have Sleep Apnea...GET IT TREATED!! about 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Briefly, I did the sleep study. Found out I stopped breathing over 135 times in one night. No wonder I was tired. I now have a cpap machine and have been diagonised (?) with Interstatial Lung Disease, not COPD or other suggestions. Moral: Best thing I ever did for myself. Check into it for yourself.... about 4 years ago, peterbmetcalf said... A Cause of (my) night time Leg Cramps. I write "my" since everyone's body is not the same. Perhaps this will be helpful nonetheless. Generally, I am on a whole plant diet (being Vegan anyway). Eating three days of refined starch such as spaghetti, etc. as an entree, or heavy sugar (those days are over at last) can result in night cramps, especially when I'm dehydrated and/or have engaged in leg exercise to which I am unaccustomed (standing all day, sailing, cycling, etc.). I have found by experience that my cramps are not caused by low potassium or low anything other than water, nor do I test positive for diabetes. If I believe I am at risk of leg cramps, I drink tons of water. Better to wake for urinating than for cramps. Best of all is to enjoy my whole plant diet and avoid the ills associated with refined (vegan) food, including night cramps. Whole grains are so tasty with flax seed oil and a pinch of salt (better than butter) so long as the grains/legumes are not hot enough to oxidize the flax seed oil, which is fragile. Also, the whole plant diet is economical, and takes me, eating plainly, about 10 minutes to cook the protein for five days or more. (Salads/veggies of course take longer prep time and don't store as well in the bowl). I recommend reading wikipedia articles on T. Collin Campbell, then on his book The China Study, and then skim and then read it. He is not vegan so far as I know (he does not mention it in the book), but eats a "whole plant diet" owing to his peer reviewed and published research. I really like this blog - good info, good writing, good organization and topics. about 4 years ago, peterbmetcalf said... One error: Spinach, though high in iron, is extremely high in phytic acid, which reduces the absorption of iron by 90%. When spinach is eaten with other high iron foods, it also reduces iron absorption from those foods. Phytic acid is present in most grains and legumes to varying degrees. Leaching phytic acid before cooking can be done with grains (oat groats being my favorite) and beans by soaking. The time varies, but this has been studied; generally about 8 hours. The water is then decanted, which for grains is easier if soaking in a jar with a plastic screen held over the mouth with a rubber band (I use a slice of bicycle inner tube). Rinse a couple times if you like, then boil to the preferred hardness. Since soaking both grains and legumes, and eliminating spinach from my menus, my blood tests for anemia have been normal. It does make a difference in daytime energy. I have stopped burning grains and beans since I double boil with a steel mixing bowl in my pressure cooker. Soaked legumes and grains need only enough water to cover them by about 1/4", if that. Put about half inch of water in the pressure cooker, more if you are starting without soaked beans. Soaked oats need a half hour of cooking, unhulled barely never gets chewable with this kind of cooking. I refuse to burn more pans! Cooking times when double boiling in a pressure cooker are not critical in terms of burning so long as you have enough water in the cooker. Thanks very much for your about 4 years ago, Highlord said... Sleep 10Pm to 7AM. Gods, I wish that was possible. Try telling any corporate slavemaster that, and you get a rant on how 12 hour nightshift six days a week for nine months straight is great for business, and those heath problems are why we get that extra dollar an hour. Sleeping at night, let alone a regualr sleep schedule, is a luxury reserved for proper businessmen now, apparently. about 4 years ago, sanaya19 said... I don't have trouble falling asleep but my son does. He sleeps with the tv on all night. Leaves the computer on all night. Charges batteries his phone and assorted devices and I have told him many times but he says I read too much and that all that has nothing to do with his not being able to sleep. So I am going to make him read this article.l about 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... I want to know why I cant get a good nights sleep.I have all ready had a sleep test done and it came back normal.I have IBS,Is that one of the reasons I cant get a good nights sleep. about 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Somnogator is RIGHT ON! Menso--not so much. I have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treated excellently with CPAP therapy and my bed is of no consequence to how I sleep. Can you imagine what our ancestors slept on--all the Tempurpedics and Sleep Number beds in the world won't solve OSA. Sorry:-) If anyone reading has mild cognitive impairment, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine headaches or headaches upon waking, hypertension, daytime sleepiness, certain heart arrhythmias (especially during sleep), inability to lose weight, nocturia (waking up more than once during sleep to urinate), and . . . well that covers a lot of impairment that make getting screened for sleep apnea a must. Unless you just want to die an early and miserable and perhaps Alzheimer-disease-infested slow death. Or maybe you want to have a stroke. Screening can be as simple as your dr ordering a night or two at home wearing a recording pulse oximeter on your finger. The results may warrant a full-blown polysomnography (sleep study). It's a shame that many people fear trying CPAP rather than fearing the consequences of long-term NOT BREATHING during sleep. I don't get it myself. It's may be quite expensive to diagnose and treat properly. Going to live much earlier than anticipated to a nursing home is expensive too! Think about it. about 4 years ago, Crystal61 said... I can't think of anything that would have made the sleep article more helpful. You guys did a good job already! about 4 years ago, menso said... tossing and turning is caused by pressure on the body fatigued mattress that cuts off circulation which cuts off blood flow so your shoulders hurt and your hips burn so your body is looking for a comfortable position which an old mattress cant provide about 4 years ago, Baysideraven said... I demonstrate some of these symptoms, though I never made the association. about 4 years ago, somnogator said... Most of what you mentioned above(nocturia, RLS, dry mouth/mouthbreathing, hypersomnolence, esophageal reflux/GERD, etc) can be symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. A sleep study is what should be recommended. OSA is profoundly dangerous if left untreated particularly to heart health. An more accurate figure, accordinng to the AASM, is 45 million americans with Sleep Apnea--mostly undiagnosed. Don Nichols,RPSGT/RST about 4 years ago, Neandrethal05 said... avoid being in a "high energy" state of mind before going to bed.More info on other options rather than CPAP machines(ie. mouth guards, etc.) about 4 years ago, blissful said... Fabulous, well written article! TY, will be checking for and applying remedies to my own groggy self, post sleep. about 4 years ago, Binky said... Some misleading and irresponsible information here! The last resort is not to take an over the counter antacid! Yes, go ahead and take an antacid if you have heartburn, but if you have frequent or ongoing heartburn or even think you have GERD, it's a serious condition - you need to see a physician and have an upper GI endoscopy, you may have Barret's esophagus, a pre-cancerous change in cells in the espophagus. You may very well need to be on a PPI - proton pump inhibitor to prevent serious complications. Chronic heartburn is not to be ignored and if over the counter antacids are not working or you are taking them frequently, please see a doctor!!!! about 4 years ago, Audrey Fischer said... Advise on #7 is excellent! Circadian disruption due to artificial light at night significantly reduces the body's ability to produce essential melatonin. Artificial melatonin can sometime do more harm than good unless in the tiniest of doses-- for many reasons, including it can signal the body to STOP producing it naturally. It is best to allow your own body to produce it. Dim amber or red night lights are OK. If you use a flashlight at your bedside, rubberband a piece of red material over it. Use a sleeping mask if you cannot get the room dark enough. You should not be able to see the hand in front of your face. Light at night which disrupts the human circadian and melatonin production has been associated with increased risk of breast, prostate, colonic cancers, memory and mood disorders, type 2 diabetes and ms, sleeping disorders and more. White light high in the blue spectrum is the WORST! The best advise is BRIGHT, bright light at day, and DARK, dark nights. Eat breakfast in a bright sunny room if possible. Do not eat foods with lineolic acid at night, (it feeds tumors at night). If you MUST use your computer or TV at night, wear amber-tinted glasses , and it will minimize the bad effects. I bought mine online at lowbluelights. If you use your computer in the morning, the blue spectrum it emits will actually help you wake up. There is an intrinsic reason why you feel "good" when the sky is blue. Under blue skies at day/ dark skies at night is how nature evolved for eons, The electric light has screwed with mother nature's circadian for only a little over a hundred years. Kudos to the researchers (& the journalists who get the word out) who are showing the simple easy steps we can satisfy our addiction for artificial light at night without needless risks to our health... or the health of our environment. about 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Please note that Grindcare is out of business: http://grindcare.com/about/ about 4 years ago, Dale in Tampa said... Sometimes I sleep where early morning light doesn't come in the windows. I never thought about it but I sleep much better waking up refreshed. about 4 years ago, suelib said... Fibromyalgia is a disease that causes fatigue and wide spread pain. but you didn't mention it. The wide spread pain can keep you from getting a good night's sleep and Fibro also interferes with your sleep patterns. about 4 years ago, Dr. Jones said... How about putting the DATE on these articles right at the beginning of the article? It's counterproductive to comment on articles that are months or years old! about 4 years ago, leefi1 said... I have had that problem. I realized that I get so single-minded at work that I don't stop to drink or to urinate for an entire morning. I may stop for both at lunch, but then I don't stop for either until I get home. Then I drink a great deal of water, tea or beer and have to get up too often to get rem sleep at night. So, I now force myself to drink while working and try not to ignore my needs so completely. After all better rested employees are more productive! over 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... I always wake up with a weird taste in my mouth -____________- over 4 years ago, Kris31 said... Dreams can cause tiredness? How annoying and aggravating! Never thought about it. I always wondered why I was tired even after sleeping. Thank you for that shared information. over 4 years ago, Kris31 said... What is a recommended flashlight that produces little light but enough not to hurt your eye sight? Is there a truth of blue eyes being more sensitive to light or is that a myth? My vision hurts frequently but it isn't just sunlight. My glasses are at strongest point for my vision but when I wear them my eye sight still makes me intense. over 4 years ago, Ekaye said... How about a poor sleep because of all the problems a person may face during his/her lifetime? Or possibly because his cat wakes him up in the middle of the night by licking his masters bald head over 4 years ago, Fibro sufferer said... Restless leg syndrome could be a symptom of Fibromylagia. I'm surprised that wasn't mentioned. over 4 years ago, abelguerrero said... oh,thats why i have acids during my sleep,coming up through my thoat. it feels uncomfortable. i clear my throat, when it happens. i sudden get up and go to the bathroom. i try to throw up but i cant do it. i end up drinking water. over 4 years ago, ShowDad said... Many medicines will cause tiredness all day long, notably beta blockers used for high blood pressure. You could sleep till noon. You'll still be tired for most of the day after you get up. over 4 years ago, bottlesflying said... "Sleeping on the left side reduces symptoms, and sleeping on the right side causes them to worsen because acid takes longer to clear out of the esophagus when you're on your right side." I recently read an article saying we should sleep on our right side because it reduces stress on internal organs. Which is it? over 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Advising someone to put tape over their fire alarm is a REALLY bad idea-that light is there for a reason, to show you it is working! Please don't follow this unsage advice. Losing a little sleep is better than losing your life to fire. over 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... According to the article, deep restful sleep is REM sleep. This is incorrect. REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement. It's when we are dreaming and are brain waves, as seen on an EEG, are almost as active as our awake brain. Deep, restful sleep is known as Delta sleep (named for the type of brain waves) slow wave sleep, or N3 sleep. The N stands for Non-REM and the 3 is the third stage of sleep. For a sleep article, you would think the author would make sure this point was correct. Also, where is the mention of narcolepsy? That is a major sleep disorder which the number one symptom is excessive daytime sleepiness even after sleeping for hours and hours. over 4 years ago, BrokenTree said... Ever since I was a child, I had difficulty sleeping. It would take me forever to fall asleep and in the morning I never felt rested. On top of all this I would get sick a lot. Anything that went around, I got it and would have it twice as bad as anyone else. I was miserable. Later in adulthood I would get sinus infections frequently. As much as I tried to blow my nose, little or nothing came out. When I was 45 I got another sinus infection that would not go away and I was seriously ill. I saw a specialist who ordered a CAT scan of my sinuses. As soon as he put the film up on the light board I saw the problem right away (I am an archaeologist so I know human anatomy). The doctor told me that God didn't really give me any sinuses. What I did have, had less than one millimeter of an opening. No wonder I couldn't blow my nose. He asked me if I had trouble sleeping and I told him the whole story. I had surgery and it was the best thing that I had ever done. I don't snore so whatever oxygen I was getting was coming into my nose. I was literally not getting enough oxygen at night. For the first time in my life I went to sleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. I woke up full of energy and ready for the day and best of all, I don't get sick as much as I used to do. I still have allergies and still get sinus infections but I haven't gotten bronchitis since the surgery and I am now 59. If anyone has symptoms like mine, I would suggest a close look at your sinus tract. You just might not have one. over 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... I would add peripheral neuropathy to your list. I understand it ranges from just annoying to very painful, but even the slight tingling in your toes can keep you from getting to sleep. over 4 years ago, Claudius Denk said... Consider gallbladder malfunction. It is the cause of many digestive issue, including acid reflux. It occurs when the call bladder gets filled up with balls of cholesterol from the liver. Fortunately there's a solution, Liver/gallbladdder cleansing procedures which force the little balls of cholesterol out of the gallbladder, returning it to full functionality. I do one about every 6 months and my sleep/digestive issues are greatly reduced. Do a search on liver/gallbladdder cleanse. over 4 years ago, blueprint said... wow thanks over 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... This is an excellent article! Thank you. over 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... hadn't heard of chewing gum over 4 years ago, Necee said... I got a lot of helpful information from this article. I've been having a lot of problems getting to sleep and staying asleep. Thank you. over 4 years ago, a fellow commenter said... The eating before going to bed that was something i used to do, scratch that of the list from now on. almost 5 years ago, fiesty old lady said... THANK YOU FOR THIS INFORMATION. almost 5 years ago, sleeplessjohn said... Can I get a copy of this article? I do have these problems along with sleep apena and I use a skeep apena machine. almost 5 years ago, yaqin said... "Sleep studies have shown that sleeping on the left side reduces symptoms, and sleeping on the right side causes them to worsen because acid takes longer to clear out of the esophagus when you're on your right side. Is this true??? or the other way around...."Sleeping on right side reduces symtoms and on the left side causes them to worsen,,,,try to imagine the position of esophagus if sleeping on the left side and on the right side..... which position..... acid takes longer to clear out? almost 5 years ago, Ebi said... Give some practical symptoms and physcal exertions or exsercises someone can try on his body that could relieve the nerves so that he could sleep. almost 5 years ago, S.M. R. said... The info re: GERD which I have and I use a C-Pap at night after the sleepiness at work issue all of a sudden. Also, I have restless leg syndrome, HBP, depression, and living with an elderly ill parent with health problems whose home is dark inside. I tell her I have to get out in the sunlight daily for my mental health. Just the usual. about 5 years ago, a fellow commenter said... What to avoid eating before bed & sleeping on the left side is best. about 5 years ago, a fellow commenter said... dealing with most common health issues regular people undergo everyday over 5 years ago, GLHinton said... I already knew that I have bruxism, but this article gave me a new "take" on it as well as some possible solutions I hadn't considered. over 5 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Bad dreams also cause tiredness over 5 years ago, CutlassDreamz said... Dear Dr. Oz- Ithink the work you do is wonderful and I was wondering if you could somehow PLEASE HELP me/I am a 52 yr old woman who has beat breast cancer a heart attack a stroke and spine surgery all since 2006. My problem is now I have something called degenerative disc disease since my fusion in my neck. They just sent me to a place called pain mgmt and all I get is pain pills. What I want to do more for anything is to try to reverse this not only for me but for my sweetheart of a husband of 27 yrs and my son who is 25 and just got back from Kuwait he is a sgt in the national gaurd army. I feel I have made them suffer more than anyone could imagine and I just want to tell them mom is going to be okay for a change. I can walk and move around and such esp. after meds but I want off the pill train and try to fix this in a more natural way. I just want my family to be happy again. Can you PLEASE help?? Sincerely Kathleen Wainwright over 5 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Question #4. My husband may have restless leg syndrome. He moves a lot during the night and feels so tired in the morning. He also gets cramps in his calves and ankles during the night. I am going to make an appointment for him to go to the doc. Thank you. over 5 years ago, John O said... About bad breath, flavour and so on.. why not gargle (3 times or so) prior to going to bed? Salt water, hot or cold, & head as far back as you can to ensure the bubbling gets into ALL the nasal passages, sinus leads. First flush moistens & loosens (bit of luck flushes some out too) second gets to the more stubborn parts, third can well bring out lumps of mucus which restrict full or proper nasal inhalation. If you feel there's another flush needed, press on. On drier climates, mucus can gather far too easily. This is not a spectator sport so don't be ashamed of blowing out and into the wash basin to clear what is loose but not flowing. over 5 years ago, ginyb said... I like the plain and simple language of your articles. you hit it right on the head. I have had a problem in the past with acid reflex problems. Thankyou for the help! over 5 years ago, John O said... Thank you! Before going to bed, urination, why not do the old fashioned thing & sit down to urinate: relaxed & in a suitable position to really wring the last drops. Point 6: if you have not exercised, your muscles beg for activity: give it in what ever way wish, but make those leg (& body ) muscles flex & relax & so on until you feel they have really stretched a bit. Why not try it? over 5 years ago, a fellow commenter said... This explains the reason I and my daughter and son loose so much sleep over 5 years ago, Biang said... THIS ARTICLE REALLY HELP,THANKS FOR SHARING IT GUYS SO NOW I HAVE TO PRACTICE SLEEPING ON THE LEFT SIDE..MORE POWER TO YOUR COLUMN...GOD BLESS over 5 years ago, Hiskid said... I have GERD so it was very interesting to read about this as I do wake up tired. Thanks for the reminders about the food, etc. as I have known that in the past but have not be practicing it recently. I have also recently noticed that sleeping on my left side is more comfortable. Thanks! over 5 years ago, tips for woman said... That's really helpful! Thanks a lot! over 5 years ago, greenlover said... This was a very helpful article-especially for me I work nites & have for 11 yrs & don't sleep very well during the day-between daylite,neighbor noise & going to the bathroom almost every 2-3 hrs really compromises my sleep. Plus w/o those nasal stripes I mouth breathe & so a dry throat wakes me gasping for air. over 5 years ago, John O said... Breathing through mouth rather than the nostrils is, for me, a sign of blocked or partially blocked nose & or sinus. To relieve this I gargle, salt water, full mouth with head as far back as possible to get gargle level well into nasal passages & sinus entrances at least; repeat 3 times or so. Flush. A lot of blocking mucus should now be out, a better sleep :no snoring is to be expected. Frequent repetition will clean out thicker mucus completely & breathing is a pleasure as well as more refreshing sleep! over 5 years ago, John O said... Yes. as an 80 year old, I can't expect the abilities of the yesteryears. Urination is best achieved by sitting down, I find, the disability of impaired sleep would seem to be something else. On waking, stretch & turn legs, arms & the trunk itself: I find from the joints a "tiredness" appears, if time permits absorb this with another "40 winks" close & doze for about 10 minutes. Then repeat, it usually has lessend considerably: don't know why! over 5 years ago, zarah08 said... Everything is helpful. It's a good article. Thanks. over 5 years ago, why us said... the drinking before i go to bed and late night coffee ty over 5 years ago, Mohammadreza Shayest said... I appriciate you to email me by new informations and comments over 5 years ago, a fellow commenter said... One more good rule to follow: Don't flush the toilet if you go pee in the middle of the night. The sound of the flushing is enough to increase your level of alertness and make it more difficult to fall back asleep. over 5 years ago, Adepoju Esther said... You brought out 7 suprise reason for waking up tired, but you gave only one point, what of the remaining reasons, I want to know more because am experiencing waking up tired. I have developed Orsahs and having the pain at my back, what can i do, for i have taken a lot of medication yet am still experiencing it, any time I eat food fry or cooked with groundnut oil, i must feel it within an hour almost 6 years ago, Betterafter50 said... As someone who ha woken up wishing she could go back to bed...I totally appreciate this advice. almost 6 years ago, teaze said... Stress adds to sleeplessness as well. I take a half a tablet of Melatonin it shuts the whole thought process down so I can go to sleep and stay a sleep. almost 6 years ago, TuffaSnuff said... What I have read so far tonight on your web site is very useful information and things that I never even thought about causing loss of sleep or not being able to get a good healthy nights sleep in. Thank you so very much for your informatioin on health topics. I am as of this year 2011 the age of 75 years old and it seems like I am having one health problem after another at this age in life. It certainly is not the Golden Age in my opinion . ha ha , but its a way of living we have to get accustom to as a senior citzen. Your information is very useful and informative. Thank you again, your friend Harold E. Smith AKA TuffaSnuff. almost 6 years ago, Lany said... What is the test called that you can take to find out if you have the Alzheimer's gene? Also, who can administer it? God Bless. almost 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... i wake up most days tired. i go to bed approx 2.a.m. wake up without help approx 10 a.m. most days feeling tired. almost 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... excellent article and very informative. I was unaware of some of the areas of interest mentioned in this article. almost 6 years ago, Barc777 said... My stars. All the things in my room that are lit at night. The TV logo (of all things; may tape that over), the DVR LED when it's recording. The computers' power and network indicators. The PC speakers' power light. The external hard drives' lights. The lights on the UPSes. Power adapters for various devices. The clock's numerals. At least a dozen. Probably six or eight more. And yes. All one room. The bedroom I rent from the owner. I do use a CPAP, which has helped enormously; and limit fluids from when I get home. Daylight seeps around the edges of the windows before I get up at 10:45. (Start work at noon; they said it would only be eight months, but we're on month 26 and counting.) almost 6 years ago, S Kreiss said... With all due respect this article doesn't get to the heart of the problem. AT ALL! Please do your research! It turns out that getting up to pee at night (nocturia) is a classic symptom of sleep apnea in both men and women. Yes, it may be something else if sleep apnea is ruled out, but the devastating effects of untreated sleep apnea should make it the FIRST thing one thinks of, though your doctor probably won't. You don't have to be overweight to had obstructive sleep apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS). I was diagnosed with sleep apnea (no daytime sleepiness for me) after some heart issues came up a couple of years ago. I took care of my mom for about 10 years and my sleep issues became unmanageable about a year after her death. There are "take home" screening tests for sleep apnea. I'm in my early 50s and I believe that this is a completely underdiagnosed issue. I don't know if this link will work, but here is a completely disturbing article (Death By A Thousand Hypoxic Cuts In Sleep) that should make everyone sit up and take notice: http://ajrccm.atsjournals.org/cgi/content/full/175/6/528 In essence, Alzheimer's may be the effect of YEARS of untreated sleep apnea in some people. It's well-known that sleep apnea affects the heart and brain if left untreated. You must do your homework people! almost 6 years ago, jord36 said... I thought taking a brisk walk in the morning will help you sleep better the following night. My body sync or time clock is on a 6 hour sleep time. I sleep from 12-6 am. I use a computer a lot, so I thought it was helpful to know I need to turn off the computer an hour before I go to bed. I will practice that new behavior. almost 6 years ago, over the hill said... I didn't realize even a small amount of light can keep you from falling asleep. Really good to know. almost 6 years ago, over the hill said... realizing I should lose weight to prevent just about everything I've read. thanks almost 6 years ago, Mr. King said... This 7 reasons to wake up tired is what I have been looking for and it is very helpful for my wife. Thank you very much. almost 6 years ago, BWilliams said... Some of the information was helpful but at the same time as you read it and they are telling you how to solve some of these problems by doing this, that and the other thing, the next thing on list is telling you that another problem is caused by doing the stuff they just told you to do to get rid of the last problem. For example they tell you to chew gum before you sleep and it will solve one problem but then they tell you in the next thing that chewing gum can cause teeth grinding and jaw clenching, not sure how that is supposed to be helpful. Also I'm sure sticking a tennis ball in my back pocket isnt going to be uncomfortable and make me lose sleep at all, I'll risk rolling over. almost 6 years ago, Michell1967 said... How do you change the habit of not have a snack before bed time almost 6 years ago, You sleep poorly and said... i have been experiencing what has just been explained in this article. i will try as advised. Thanks Noel Kufaine almost 6 years ago, event horizon said... These articles a designed to get you to visit a doctor and spend money; nothing more.... almost 6 years ago, greenlover said... metion about people having dreams of being smothered so that wakes them up. or explain why a water pill taken 12 hrs before bed makes you piss 3-4 times a nite almost 6 years ago, eyesoftheworld said... wow-neat stuff! thanks to CARING.COM for the informative tips!! almost 6 years ago, Skinhead said... All the information given was helpful. It explained a lot. THANK YOU about 6 years ago, ramonie said... it was very helpful Iwill try the suggested of sleep on my left side although am right handed I always am trying to sleep on my right side. about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... It explained things in a way non medical people can understand. Thanks. about 6 years ago, recovering said... I've got a cat that wakes me up because she's playing with the dog in the middle of the night. They have this hide-and-seek game they play. They're actually very good friends, but the cat hides and the dog chases. The cat likes to purposefully go to places the dog can't reach - so the dog keeps barking and barking - I wake up. It doesn't happen often, recent problem. about 6 years ago, recovering said... I wake up at about the same time every night.. with some variation. I wish I knew how to just sleep the whole night comfortably. It's like I'm having an anxiety attack. Nightmares are a problem too. about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... This did not help me. I am up every 2 HRS , like clockwork. I did talk to my doctor , but no help for me. Can you help me?. I really need to get some SLEEP, AT LEAST FOR 3 HOURS> I am hurting can you help me about 6 years ago, jene said... very informitive. about 6 years ago, jene said... it certainly has helped me a lot. about 6 years ago, zzz said... I haven`t thought that my stomach could be the problem. I thought it was stress, aging and so on. about 6 years ago, DEAN ALLAN WIEGERT said... This was an enlightening article,and I wish more people were aware of these treatments. about 6 years ago, jene said... i have this problem and i will certainly do the preventitive.. thanks so much. about 6 years ago, cherylgraceblaza said... Thank you for all of these. Now I know what to do, especially I am experiencing these kind of sickness. about 6 years ago, housemouse said... i have alot of the symtoms in the article and my problem is i can't get to sleep, and when i do it's hard to stay there. i do have sleep apnea really bad but i thought i had it under control, i guess not. i do have alot of trouble with gerd, and heart burn, it doesn't seem to go away very much . i think i will try what you say here and see what happens , thanks about 6 years ago, thatwudbesofunny said... Yea I suffer from acid reflux. I've heard that being overweight causes that too. That's one thing I have to work on. And I do have crappy sleep. I never thought about how acid reflux would keep me from sleeping if I can't feel it. about 6 years ago, Chezzy4Christ said... Its very helpful about 6 years ago, GlasgowSelfHypnother said... @kontikki Just to let you know my heart disease symptoms while sleeping was A typical. Normally and more commonly heart disease symptoms show while awake and out and about. For me this did not happen. I had unstable angina that only emerged while sleeping. Other people never get noticeable symptoms ever until a heart attack. It was only after cardiac monitoring while in hospital when I was sleeping, angina showed up. It's very rare to only have heart disease symptoms in sleep!! about 6 years ago, tountade said... thanks for picking interest in our health. from TounTade about 6 years ago, luchie said... very helpful about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Extremely helpful about 6 years ago, ndn said... scare tactics to get people who have normal bodily functions to run to the doctor wow and sad we all know there are changes why make them so dramatic take another pill see the doc do this do that. we are are as different as snow flakes. treat and respect as such. about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... I think where you have the registration on a choice of what ever you want more info on, there should be a box with a space that say's "other" where you can print in something that you don't have posted. about 6 years ago, Dina2 said... This is very helpful now I understand a bit more the reasons why I always feel tired in the morning. Thanks about 6 years ago, Lindakm said... the not eating late and chocolate about 6 years ago, oldymoldy0 said... Dear Anonymous, I use the dumbest trick in the book. I cross my ankles and make my legs stretch out, that seems to take away the numbness, or nueropothy (no spell check). This also seems to work with the phanthom pain also . Hope it wqorks for you. about 6 years ago, megumi ikeda said... Very interesting! about 6 years ago, kontikki said... that bit about early symtons of a heart disease, really timely. for me that is. i've this persistent neck or neck muscle pain that just won't go and i always thought it was bad sleep or lack of exercise, weight gain, etc, but now a more dangerous dimension that spells clear and present danger for has crept in. that article was helpful. i would take my health more seriously from NOW! about 6 years ago, novia said... #7 about 6 years ago, Yukster said... Darn.... by the picture, I thought the answer to a good nights sleep was oral s*x. (which IS the answer, by the way). No alcohol at night? How am I supposed to get to sleep then? ("I don't know how to fall asleep, I only know how to pass out"...R. Dangerfield) about 6 years ago, vgarcia67 said... Very informative. Thank you so much about 6 years ago, encie said... This article is very helpful. Since I have a bad habit of going to sleep with the TV on and it watches me sleep , I tried the suggestion of turning off TV for about an hour before I go to sleep and it helped me have a better night's sleep. I did not wake as many times as I once did about 6 years ago, glasslady said... I wanted even more information because I know I have GERD but didn't know that sleeping on my left side would help with digestion nor dd I know GERD is the reason I so often wake up feeling more tired than when I went to bed. Thanks for a very good article. about 6 years ago, Patience84 said... It is very good and informative about 6 years ago, ladipo said... These are surprisingly astonishing and awakingly scary to know we might be dead though walking. chest pain, neck pain, jaw pain, night urination has become my daily bread but i look so strong and never fely like seing a doctor. thanks for the revelation about 6 years ago, Stefanina said... I've known about my bruxism for years, but appliances to prevent the grinding/clenching are $$$$$$$ and not covered by any insurance I've ever had. football guards may protect the teeth, but do nothing for the problem itself. about 6 years ago, beattiew30 said... keep me informed about 6 years ago, Janet4AVON said... how about Fibromyalgia as a SLEEP PROBLEM----very big sleep problem as you never reach full restfull stage. I am personally experienced with this. about 6 years ago, Flor said... Very helpful articles for self and for sharing with others. about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... I thought The Article Was Well Put Together and Easy to Understand. In Life our Schedules Become so busy, that there isn't as much time to research. Therefore; having articles to read on various, helpful Issues, that are essential to the betterment of our Health Concerns, are Important. Thank You, Have a Blessed Day!!! about 6 years ago, Gunnar said... I have had sleep problems. Have found out that the reason was radiation from my mobile phone, and from mobile phone base stations nearby. Turn off all wireless devices (mobile, router, dect phone, etc) in your house before going to bed. about 6 years ago, neck pain said... I ENJOY ALL READING YOUR INFORMATIONS. about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... There is another reason. My cat wakes me up at 3am to tell me he is now going out to see what is going on and returns at 4:30 to tell me nothing is going on. about 6 years ago, GlasgowSelfHypnother said... Overall the article was fairly comprehensive and helpful. It covered the most common reasons for waking up tired. However, another important factor is heart disease whereby angina can be another cause when in sleep. This was the only symptom I had prior to a MI (heart attack) over 10 years ago. It's the most unlikely cause for the majority of sleepers awakening tired but should least be considered if you're 30 and over and haven't had the sleep wake tired problem before or at least as bad. I've only skipped through this article, so if the heart health factor has been mentioned, then apologies. about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... LIFE IS WORTH LIVING about 6 years ago, saeed said... INFORMATIVE ,USEFUL,HELPS SO MANY PEOPLE about 6 years ago, Hasan said... Please keep adding such vital information on health.This will only benefit all of us. about 6 years ago, Jcan1701 said... The real problem I have is a messed up schedule. Typically I work overnights, have work meetings at 10 am, 2pm, and 4pm. Every once in a while I have to be at work as early as 3pm. In between all of that, I still have to help care for my elderly Grandmother. This means my sleep is important to me, but I can't seem to get a good 6 to 8 hours to sleep in. When I do get the time, it's usually afternoon and my body just won't let me sleep. Any suggestions for people in this situation? about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... how do i under go the numbness in my left foot palm, i m a diabetic patient, its so hard to sleep at night with my foot in a numb position about 6 years ago, babsv said... More detailed info on the causes of acid reflux about 6 years ago, mardy said... Thanks for the info... The topics discussed are relevant to our healthy lifestyles... To the editor... Two thumbs up! You did a great job! :-) about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... OmG! This article is helpful. And its best describing my sleep disorders, and always have this pain around my neck especially on the left side. Iwil visit my doctor now more often thanxs for the information about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... All pertinent stuff has been covered here, great job! Personally, I can't help but mention in my experience, practicing real yoga, kundalini and yin, along with an ayurvedic life style benefits everyone, yielding better sleep, a happier life with real meaning, longevity, quelling diabetic tendencies and improved health overall. Gotta plug yoga because it works! about 6 years ago, baby little said... I felt the information was bebificial. Thank you for sharing. about 6 years ago, tat said... these are very informative and beneficial towards healthy mind and body... about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... .This article seems to descibe me. My doctor had told me to take prilosec for my acid reflux. I don't usually wake up tired but within a couple hours I am usually yawning. Never thought acid reflux could effect sleep. If this is my problem all I can say is I wish I read this article 20 years ago. THX about 6 years ago, yo343434 said... what this sucks suk mines about 6 years ago, email@example.com said... MORE INFO ON STRKE SYMPTOMS about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Very helpful, there was information that I was seeing for the first. This sent me to do a health screening quickly. about 6 years ago, Bertrum said... Excellent article!!!!!!!!!!!! about 6 years ago, ahallie said... amy likes this one. about 6 years ago, povdds said... Just a couple of suggestions after reading some of the postings. First, if you are using CPAP and still feeling miserable please mention this to your physician. The flow rate or the mouthpiece size may need to be adjusted, or you may have other treatable conditions that need attention. YOu may want to read books on sleep by Dr P. Hauri or G. Jacobs to find other suggestions. Second, a Kindle can cause disruptions to melatonin, but this may not matter to you, so try using one and see if it makes any difference over a few nights. A completely dark or silent room is impossible. I use a black T-shirt over my eyes, which conforms better than an eyeshade (I also find silicone earplugs help a lot). Third, you can easily block the red light on the smoke detector with a piece of duct tape, and then peel it back frequently to ensure the batteries are working, or you can move the detector outside the room. Many people have no problems with melatonin disruption with this much light. Fourth, some medications or foods which interfere with sleep in some people have no effect on others. If you want to find out, experiment with one variable at a time over several weeks and keep a sleep diary to help see what may be different. Hope these help. about 6 years ago, TKP said... This was very helpful as my wife wakes up tired allot. Maybe now we can work on this together. about 6 years ago, kimbettara said... I have sleep apnea and when i use my cpap i am in a real deep sleep .. and when i wake up in the morning i am feeling tired and it takes me forever to wake up in the morning..... i also have a headache when i wake up after useing my cpap in the morning.....and i have been feeling my arms tingling and numd and it takes it a while to get it to stop feeling like that it only does it when i sleep on eather side on my arms some time it wake me up hurting so bad about 6 years ago, nold said... thanks for the information. I need more information because sleeping is always my problem. about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... For the love of God!! All you so-called experts are so quick to discount the fact that many of these symptoms could also be a sign that the person needs a NEW MATTRESS! I have been in the bed industry for 20 years and it blows my mind how many people have mattresses well over 10 years. The average mattress loses most of it's support after 8-12 years, accumulates bacteria, dustmites and their waste material, hair, slobber, sweat(among other body fluids!)among many other things that can make breathing unhealthy and difficult. Then, when many folks do go out to purchase a new mattress, they are ONLY concerned about $$$ nstead of how this is something that we use for 1/3 of our lives and probably effects the other 2/3 more than anything else. WAKE UP SO CALLED EXPERTS!!!! about 6 years ago, Hershey kisses said... Wow about 6 years ago, Emily M. said... Hi Linder608, Thank you very much for your question. If you'd like, you can post your question in our Ask & Answer section, here: ( http://www.caring.com/ask ). Take care -- Emily | Community Manager about 6 years ago, Linder608 said... I have a question, more than a comment. I've been diagnosed with fairly severe sleep apnea (stopped breathing average of 100x/hour throughout the night of my sleep test. Been using a bi-pap for 5-6 years now, but still feel tired all the time. Any ideas what's the problem here? about 6 years ago, jvaljon1 said... Bad idea, putting a tape over the light in your smoke alarm! C'mon, how'd you know if it had a low or no battery power left? EXAMPLE: You or someone in your house who also cooks for themselves or the family, occasionally burns stuff on the stove by accident. (Could happen to anyone: talking on the phone, calling into the yard from in the house to get kids' attention, all sorts of things.) What happens? THE ALARM GOES OFF. This happens enough times, the (taped-up light) on the alarm, won't be seen (to have turned red) so nothing will be done about it. And if there's a fire, and you don't wake up in time to leave the premises, well... about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... It could also be related to bad colon health. I took a colon health supplement and woke up earlier in the days to come much more alert. about 6 years ago, waking up tired said... Thought you wanted to read this. about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... Stop going to bed late about 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... man this is garbage this is telling ever pain you have or you are sleepy is because of heart this is nonsense dont believe this garbage this is not said by doctor but barber nonsense. about 6 years ago, Roxy747 said... Very informative article. Thanks. about 6 years ago, DMWRN said... OMG! I have just been through hell and back right here on earth! "Fibromyalgia is nothing but a garbage can diagnosis for doctors who don't care and don't want to take the time to find out what's really going on!" That quote came from one of 5 doctors who didn't take the time to even bother looking at my labwork!!! I ran around with a thyroid problem till it nearly killed me! If not for JESUS I wouldn't be here to tell you all about HIS divine help. I wound up with an endocrinologist who's the best in Las Cruces,N.M. Kudos Dr. Reynolds you are a true dedicated pro!!! I must have seen 15-20 doctors on my quest to find out what was wrong with me. I'm desperately trying to heal from all the drama and trauma it caused me/family/friends/loved ones. I am honoring OUR LORD in giving him all the credit HE DESERVES. Plus I have to share what I learned to help others. I am a medical professional turned patient. As if I didn't already have more than enough compassion for my patient's this experience really left me half dead. I wind up with my PCP "Oh it's not significant enough to treat. Just keep seeing your psychiatrist". Typical ladies special it's all in our heads. Forget about your hormones,enzymes,minerals,vitamins etc. Gee thanks Attiogobe! If I had listened to you my children would have had to bury me right after my MOM!!! Research your physicians well my darlin's! If they can't even listen and are just sittin there ready to write a prescription w/o even so much as examining you thoroughly and professionally GET OUT OF THERE! Tryin to heal in Arizona GOD BLESS THEM FOR HAVING HEALTHCARE READILY AVAILABLE TO THIS SOUL!!! Had I stayed in N.M. Land that I love where I was born and raised? It would have taken a year after falling through the cracks of our medical system. You can sum up the rest. I had long since learned if I don't take care of me I can't take care of anyone. I was too busy to notice how sick I really was. When I began to feel my passion for my profession leaving me I knew somethin was very wrong!!! I was working in a hospital in El Paso,T.X. with combined experienced Pro's of at minimum 100 years experience who were kind enough to tell me"We are going to call this a mutual self termination. We feel very strongly there is something medically wrong with you. We hate to let you go but please come back once you get to the bottom of it". Once I had to go through this quest/process it took me 4 long hard suffering miserable years!!! In 2002 it showed up in the labwork 5 out of 15-20 doctors didn't bother to inform me the patient or each other!!! HYPOCRITIC OATH!!! First do no harm! I chose to surrender my license rather than do anyone else any harm! Please keep taking extra good care of yourselves. GOD BLESS THE GLOBE! DD about 6 years ago, Dr.M said... i like this article because it is very educational I am looking at possible solutions to my sleeping disorder. Thank you over 6 years ago, DianaBanana said... I learned a few new tidbits, like how computer light affects the eyes and melatonin production, and that the body normally concentrates urine at night so we can get through without getting up (interesting!). over 6 years ago, povdds said... Specific suggestions were useful. Another idea would be to recommend some sleep books, such as Peter Hauri's No More Sleepless Nights (a classic), Dr Jacob's Say Goodnight to Insomnia (I think that's the title -- it is more controversial than Dr Hauri's book and reassures you it may be OK to get less than the recommended amount of sleep periodically), and something humorous like Paul Martin's Counting Sheep. As a dentist, I can also suggest that dry mouth and "morning breath" MAY be counteracted, in some people, by using the tasty natural sugar Xylitol as a rinse just before bed (you can buy it in health food stores, which says something about its safety). It lowers the pH of the mouth and also cuts way back on the ability of oral bacteria to produce acids (it interferes with the metabolism of harmful bacteria). Although safe for humans, like grapes and chocolates, it is very very bad for animals -- keep it in a sealed container so it won't get tipped over. Other ways to counteract "dry mouth" are to use an oral moisturizer (like Biotene, preferably in a gel or a spray) just before bed (you can use these in small bleaching trays too). over 6 years ago, davidirving said... helpful. over 6 years ago, Emily M. said... Hi Anonymous, Good question! Since a kindle isn't backlit like a computer screen or an iPad, reading on a kindle before bed should be just fine. Thanks for your question! Emily | Community Manager over 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... You recommended no lighted screens before bed, what about reading a Kindle?? over 6 years ago, a fellow commenter said... yes. I would add, another symtom of sleep apnea ( my wife had it) is that the person can sleep anywhere, anytime. My wife was asleep in the car within 15 - 20 minutes getting in the car if I was driving. over 6 years ago, Smiler said... the piece about circadian rhythms and resetting the 'clock' over 6 years ago, general1 said... So I suppose I should have known it would not apply to me since I sleep great and wake feeling rested, but I have some issues with this article. I must have what they try to call restless leg syndrome, I can wake up sideways if my family is not in bed with me. The thing is I sleep just fine, it does not interrupt my sleep. I think proper nutrition and connection with mind and body is far more important than any of this. Don't try to boil it down, this is our health. It is not one specific thing that causes anything. over 6 years ago, pt no 1,2,4 and 5 said... i have been suffering for not having good sleep for may be last 40 years, this article has given many points which are really resmbling my situation, now i will work on these. thanks a lot over 6 years ago, SilverFaerie said... I am surprised that there is no mention of Fibromyalgia, a VERY common cause of sleep problems. It's primary effect is prevention of REM, so the sufferer can never have deep, restorative sleep. Treatment of fibro could include any of those mentioned here and/or medication that promotes REM sleep. over 6 years ago, oldymoldy0 said... Before I got a CPAP machine, for my apnea, I was falling asleep, right after eating. I had a few episodes of falling asleep at the wheel while driving. Thank GOD my wife would jog me awake, and She would take over the driving. I wouldn't do anything about, until a few scary moments. SO PLEASE TAKE HEED. over 6 years ago, firstname.lastname@example.org said... It opens my eye to what I have been suffering without knowing it. Now I know my problem and possible underlying causes and how to go about with the remedy. Thanks a lot. over 6 years ago, BuddyBob said... Recheck your medications! Sometimes they take a while to go into your system and become active. That's when I started falling asleep at the wheel - sometimes at traffic lights and I'd roll into the car in front. It was scary and out of control. I had to figure it out myself as the Dr. could not. I feel as I did before totally refreshed all day long. Bob over 6 years ago, oldymoldy0 said... It will change me on what I eat and drink at nite. Tho I use a CPAP at nite, I still drool and grind the right side of my jaw. I have reoccurring Teninitus, which is usually relieved by not eating anything that won't fit thru a straw, for a week. I eat anything I want , as long as I liquidize it. Bacon, eggs and hashbrowns, are an experience. HA-HA over 6 years ago, BuddyBob said... Exercise is possibly the key to a good nights rest. Not just a srroll in the park but a workout! I'm not a pill pusher by any means but try taking two motrin if you get up in the middle of the night and feel aches, tension, or just uncomfortable. This puts me unto that deep relaxing rem sleep and I awake totally refreshed and without the neck/back aches or any tension. As wonderful as it is don't get hooked on this type of relief but go for the exercise! Also if you are feeling like you are loosing balance try deep knee bends-problem gone! Bob over 6 years ago, BuddyBob said... Acid reflux can be prevented by not eating late. The three hour time between drinking and eating before you go to bed is a must. But I have found to my surprise that drinking water just before turning in does not make you get up to urinate during the night. I believe that the body needs/uses the water for rehydration of cells and doesn't eliminate water like it does alcohol, coffee, tea, etc. Try it I think your will be as surprised as I was. Bob over 6 years ago, naju said... thanks that was educative. over 6 years ago, BuddyBob said... I found that placing a voice activated recording device will shock you into doing something about your condition. I stopped breathing for about a minute many times through out the night. Struggled to get air and gasping like I was about to die! Try it it's a real eye opener. Bob over 6 years ago, chicotime said... this was really helpful. I now have found that problems can occur when taking paracetamol too late in the evening and going to bed, which can cause problems with reflux and disturbed sleep. over 6 years ago, joec said... Just general info about sleep problems.