So you decide to get some early shut-eye to feel refreshed and rejuvenated for that 8:00 a.m. meeting the next day, but the moment your alarm clock rings, you wake up feeling more tired than ever. What gives? Well, while having eight hours of sleep is said to be the optimum number that most people need, that’s not always the case. There are other factors to consider as well. Here are some of the things that may cause you to wake up feeling groggy and drained.

Your body clock is out of sync.
Having an inconsistent sleep pattern may mess up your body clock and may cause you to wake up feeling more tired than you were before heading to bed. The body clock helps determine the time when you fall asleep and wake up, so try sticking to a consistent sleeping schedule to avoid distressing your body.

You have poor sleep quality
Getting 12 hours of sleep may sound like a good idea, but according to Lisa Shives, M.D., medical director at Northshore Sleep Medicine in Evanston, Illinois, too much sleep can lead to sleep drunkenness. This is when a person hovers between sleep and wakefulness and, sometimes, even wakes up in a confused state–in some cases, sleep drunkenness can cause accidents and injuries. Try getting a good night’s rest by loosening up a bit before hitting the sack. Try taking a stroll outside or listening to soothing music.

You wake up during the wrong phase of your sleep cycle.
Sleep is split into cycles and if you wake up during the non-REM stage, which is a state of very deep sleep, you’re likely to wake up feeling exhausted. A useful tip: Try taking a hot bath an hour before bedtime or placing relaxing scents inside your room.

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