Tiredness is no stranger to any of us. From working late shifts to being woken up by a new-born bab, many of us fail to get the sleep we need and as a result, experience fatigue during waking hours.
Despite getting your 40 winks of sleep, you might still struggle to stay alert throughout the day, particularly when that afternoon slump hits.
However, there are ways to combat your tiredness!
TEMPUR looks at why you might feel tired during the day, and ways you can boost your energy levels…
More often than not, you will experience a brief period of daytime sleepiness, and you’re not the only one! Different sleep cultures around the world even embrace the mid-afternoon slump, taking siestas at midday to re-energise themselves for the second part of the day.
Even when you get eight hours sleep, your body can naturally experience symptoms of tiredness for a number of reasons. Some common reasons include:
Fatigue can also be a result of an underlying health problem:
An alternative theory to explain why you are always tired is suggested by Dr Fiona Kerr, a neuro specialist, who explains that humans are ‘built for two sleeps a day’:
“A major reason for this is that human beings are biphasic (physically designed for two sleeps a day), with two major bodily rhythms (homeostatic sleep drive and circadian arousal) which pull us in different directions in terms of staying awake or sleeping, but they fascinatingly align in the middle of the day to create a ‘nap zone’.”