Some people jump out of bed in the morning wide awake, energized, rested, feeling fit and capable of conquering the world, while others can barely drag themselves into an upright position because they suffer from morning fatigue. An individual can feel extremely tired in the morning for various reasons.
Consuming a lot of alcohol can disturb one’s sleep, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. However, a low dose of alcohol can benefit an insomniac. Tolerance to the sedative effect produced by alcohol quickly develops, which may lead to overuse. Even though alcohol has a sedative effect, it can also act as a stimulant and wake you up in the middle of the night, long before you are ready to wake up. Alcohol can have a biphasic response, meaning it acts as both a depressant and stimulant. The reaction depends on the individual and how he metabolizes alcohol, notes Madsci.org.
When a person suffers from a condition called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), it drains the body of its energy and strength and results in persistent fatigue. Numerous factors can cause this type of fatigue, according to nutritionist Kristina Shaw, who notes that stress and an unbalanced lifestyle, where an individual lives on sweets, salts and caffeine to stimulate his adrenal glands and liver, ultimately depletes the body’s physical reserves. Compromising the body in this manner puts you at risk for infection and viruses, which can cause fatigue.
Extreme fatigue can result from a noninflammatory form of arthritis called fibromyalgia. This condition impacts the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the body, causing great pain, which prevents restorative sleep. Even after many hours of sleep, an individual who has this condition does not feel energized or rested. Fibromyalgia sufferers are often unable to sleep deeply. This syndrome is referred to as alpha-EEG anomaly, meaning that sudden brain activity during periods of deep sleep causes people to wake up or feel less rested.
Fibromyalgia can lead to restless leg syndrome (RLS), which entails twitching and pain in the legs as well as burning and crawling sensations that can last for an hour. This disturbs sleep and leads to morning fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue can lead to morning fatigue, notes Naturalnews.com. The adrenal glands secrete in excess of 50 hormones that humans need to stay healthy and energized. If your adrenals produce too much cortisol, this weakens one’s immune system, making a person susceptible to disease and chronic fatigue. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include the sensation of not feeling awake, even though you’ve been up for three hours. In addition, sleepiness can occur in the afternoon followed by a burst of energy around 6 o’clock in the evening, another sleepy period at 9 o’clock and then a second wind at 11 o’clock, which lasts for a few hours. You may crave fat and salt and suffer from depression, muscular weakness and lack of energy.
Consider the medications you are taking. Some antidepressants and beta blockers can cause fatigue. Ask your physician if your medicine is making you tired.
- MadSci: Does Alcohol Act as Both a Depressant and a Stimulant?
- Fibromyalgia Symptoms Organization: Fatigue
- Ncbi.nlm.gov: Pub Med: Headache, stomach, backache and morning fatigue
- Gloucester Times: Chronic fatigue
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Sleep, Sleepiness and Alcohol
- Every Day Health: Could the Lexapro I've started taking be making me feel increasingly tired every morning?