What is “morning fatigue”?
Simply put, morning sickness is a feeling of tiredness and lack of energy early in the day. It is an “umbrella symptom” that covers many other symptoms. It is not an illness or disease in itself.
It said that persistent morning fatigue – defined as fatigue that lasts for at least two weeks — is cause for concern. Fatigue in the morning is a symptom of certain medical conditions and is something to discuss with your doctor.
In addition, morning fatigue affects your personal and professional life, as the lack of energy makes it challenging to fulfill your obligations.
Persistent morning fatigue is usually a symptom of some underlying disease, condition, or illness. If you struggle with morning fatigue, you likely experience the following symptoms:
- String when getting out of bed
- Dry mouth
- Dryness in the eyes
- Extreme tiredness, which usually gets better as the day goes on
- Gastrointestinal discomfort
- Not able to “Go.”
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Hidden muscle pains
What causes morning fatigue?
There is nothing worse than rolling out of bed in the morning feeling miserable or worse. If we have had a late or unpleasant night, we expect to suffer in this way. Maybe sometimes fun is better than sleep.
If it’s a regular occurrence and you feel like this every morning, that’s another matter. Maybe it keeps you up at night, afraid to wake up. I urge everyone to ignore this horrible symptom. It will wear you down and tire you out.
As a reminder, morning fatigue is not a medical condition in and of itself but rather a set of symptoms that something is wrong – be it a malfunctioning organ or gland, a psychological disorder, or something else.
It’s not unusual to wake up feeling a little tired. For many people, there’s nothing a cup of coffee or a shower can’t fix. But if you regularly wake up tired, especially if you continue to feel tired throughout the day, something else could be going on.
There are a number of factors to consider. One or any of them together may be responsible for your morning fatigue. Here’s a look at some common causes of waking up tired.
1. Breathing problems during sleep
Difficulty breathing can lead to obstructive pulmonary diseases such as nasal congestion, sinusitis and allergies, bronchitis, and emphysema.
One commonly overlooked symptom is sleep apnea. This condition causes a person to stop short of breath during sleep. The effects of sleep apnea often wake a person from sleep. However, sleep apnea impairs the quality of sleep.
2. Night hunger
The nutritional gap of the evening meal damages the body. Although operating at a lower metabolic rate, your body still requires fuel when you sleep.
Try to eat for 2-3 hours before going to bed. This is the perfect window of time, so it (or the lack of it) shouldn’t be long enough that you feel hungry. You can also try drinking a glass of water. Wait 15-30 minutes. You will wait for your hunger level again.
3. Using alcohol or stimulants before bed
A glass of wine or beer, accompanied by nutritious food, shouldn’t be enough to disturb your sleep cycle. But alcohol doesn’t do any good for your sleep. (You may fall asleep faster, but alcohol disrupts the brain’s natural circadian rhythm.)
Stimulants such as caffeine or nicotine stimulate the nervous system. To ensure quality sleep, the brain and body must be relaxed. Stimuli produce opposite effects.
Sedatives and drugs (prescription or illegal) can also adversely affect sleep.
Snoring can affect your sleep in subtle ways that aren’t obvious at first glance. Your partner’s sleep quality can also be adversely affected without realizing it.
Regarding breathing disorders, snorers make up the relative number of sleep apnea. Therefore, it would be good to consult a doctor to rule out the condition.
If you are heavy, try to lose some weight. Ten pounds can be the difference between high-quality sleep and poor-quality sleep. Also, try sleeping on your side, as sleeping on your back makes you more prone to snoring.
5. Acid Reflux
Acid reflux can occur when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. If this happens often, you may suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD, a WIDELY common condition.
GERD can disrupt sleep because stomach acid production increases at night. In addition, lying flat makes it easier for acid to travel up the esophagus, causing heartburn. Alcohol, overeating, sleeping before bed (other than a short nap), and late-night snacking can make GERD worse, as can certain foods, such as spicy and salty foods.
Other medical conditions
As mentioned, severe illness can cause morning fatigue. According to England’s National Health Service, several medical conditions can cause morning fatigue:
- Coeliac disease: “is a type of food intolerance in which your body reacts badly when you eat gluten.”
- Anemia: “One of the most common medical causes of feeling down all the time is iron deficiency anemia.”
- Chronic fatigue syndrome): “acute and disabling fatigue lasting at least six months.”
- Underactive thyroid: “When your body has too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine). It makes you tired.”
- Diabetes: “A long-term condition caused by too much sugar in the blood.”
- Depression: “This can stop you from falling asleep or waking up early in the morning. This can make you feel more tired during the day.”
- Peaceful feet: “(When) your feet feel uncomfortable. These feelings keep you up at night.”
- Anxiety (specifically GAD): “Generalized anxiety disorder (affects) around 1-20 people in the UK. People with GaD often feel tired as well as anxious and irritable.”
- Glandular fever: “a common viral infection with fever, sore throat and swollen glands, as well as malaise.”
Possible solutions for morning fatigue
As a general rule of thumb, here are some changes that can be made to facilitate quality sleep:
- Do not use alcoholic beverages/stimulants
- Sleeping in comfortable conditions
- A well-balanced diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Establish and stick to a regular sleep schedule
If morning fatigue is a recurring problem, a consultation with a licensed physician may be necessary.
Waking up tired can often be corrected with a few changes in sleeping habits and cutting back on caffeine or alcohol. If nothing helps, you should contact your doctor to check for underlying conditions.