The problem of daytime sleepiness usually starts at night. Even missing just a few nights’ sleep or not getting enough uninterrupted sleep, can slow you down and sour your mood. Poor sleep habits are often the cause of daytime sleepiness. Avoid shaving an hour or two off your sleep time in the morning or at night to do other things. It’s important to know that most adults need seven to nine hours a night and teenagers need a full nine hours.
Getting enough sleep at night will help you function better during your remaining hours of activities. Don’t go to bed until you’re sleepy. If you go to bed when you’re just tired, you probably won’t be able to fall asleep. Try as much as possible to distinguish between the feeling of sleepiness and being tired.
A relaxation routine before bedtime can help you separate from the day especially from activities that are over-stimulating or stressful, making it difficult to sleep. Try meditation, soaking in a hot bath, listening to soothing music or reading a book.
Problem of sleepiness can actually be caused by certain illnesses and medications. Also, mental conditions, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety are commonly linked to sleep problems. Also, remember to avoid alcohol because it actually robs you of deep sleep, which is essential for feeling well rested.