Ever wonder, "Why is it so hard to wake up?" Join the club!
If you find that you rely heavily on the snooze button and can't quite muster up the strength to part ways with your blankets, we'll help you get through the most difficult part of the day—even when your bed feels extra comfortable.
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Why is it so hard to wake up?
According to Healthline (opens in new tab), there are several medical reasons why you're unable to get shuteye, including but not limited to:
- Sleep apnea
- Sleep deficiency
- Stress and anxiety
- Particular medications
- Chronic pain
These examples might feel extreme, but a quick check-in with your doctor can put you on the path towards uninterrupted sleep, so don't be afraid to schedule a visit, should you need professional help.
If you're looking for other tips and tricks, we certainly have plenty—and we think you'll like 'em.
Five tips for better sleeping
1. Try 4-7-8 breathing
Dr. Andrew Weil, the mastermind behind the new 4-7-8 breathing technique, reveals the how-to guide. Grab your pillow and give it a try:
- Firstly sit comfortably, or lie down in a comfortable position.
- Press your tongue up against the skin behind your front teeth
- Breath out and expel all the air in your lungs
- Breathe in through your nose for a count of four seconds
- Hold your breath for seven seconds
- And then breathe out loudly and hard through your mouth for 8 seconds
- Repeat four times
2. Enjoy a big O
Hitting those pleasure points has its benefits. Our orgasm 101 guide reveals that hormones like serotonin are released after a climax, which will make you feel sleepy and happy.
Why not have a look at some of our favorite app-controlled vibrators and give the idea a whirl?
3. Switch to a new position
No, not that kind of position. A sleep position! If you're used to sleeping on your side, try your back. If you've never slept on your belly, attempt it for one night.
According to health experts, sleeping in the fetal position, particularly on your left side, can help ease back pain, pregnancy symptoms, sleep apnea, snoring, etc., whereas sleeping on your back can assist with spinal alignment. (Though it does have its negatives as well.)
Find out what sleeping position is best for you by weighing the benefits of each, whether side, spine, or stomach.
4. Try a sleep tracker
The best sleep trackers will provide insight into your sleeping patterns, which in turn can help you make changes once you notice something that's a bit off.
5. Enjoy a little TLC
Self-care day ideas—including meditation and breathing exercises—and naps can have their benefits later in the day, plus, they'll help reduce the anxiety you're feeling when you hit the hay.
Sleep is certainly something to take seriously: there are many benefits of sleep, some of which are actually pretty surprising, and they'll boost your mood. Check out all of our favorite tips and tricks for how to get better sleep and get ready to tuck in for a full eight hours.
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara.
Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets.
When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)
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