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Can You Be Too Tired to Sleep?

By Sara Butler

When it comes to little kids, it's easy to spot the signs of overtiredness. They're probably running around like a crazy animal -- an irritable animal. But when it comes to adults, the signs may be a little more difficult to spot, especially when looking for them in yourself.

In today's busy world, feeling tired can almost feel normal. Your brain is constantly bombarded by stimuli that make it difficult for it to shut off and relax when it's time to hit the hay. When you've reached this point, then it can indeed become possible for you to feel too tired to sleep. But try not to worry too much because today is a new day and there are things you can do to combat overtiredness and get the sleep your body needs to maintain health and wellness.

Are You Tired or Sleepy?

Believe it or not, there is a difference between being tired and being sleepy. You often hear these two terms being used interchangeably, but that doesn't make them the same thing in real life. Sleepiness is that place you get to right before you fall into sleep, whereas being tired is the feeling you have during the day when you're yawning and trying to keep your eyes open through your afternoon meeting.

When you are overtired, then you're probably experiencing a lot of the same symptoms as being tired, which can leave you feeling drained but still too restless or wired to actually fall asleep. When you do try to go to sleep, you get caught up in your own thoughts and feel too alert to fall asleep.

The most common symptoms of overtiredness are:

  • Restlessness
  • Muscle tension
  • Blurred vision
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Slow reaction times
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Inability to think clearly

What to Do

First, you need to identify why you're overtired in the first place. What are the reasons you feel make you unable to flip that switch at night and get some sleep? For many people, creating a bedtime routine that has you turning off electronics at least one hour before bed and doing something relaxing is the key to falling asleep at night.

When you're feeling overtired, you can also try relaxation exercises before bed or getting out of bed if you find you can't fall asleep. Go to the living room and read a magazine for a few minutes, then try going back to bed again.

If you need help conquering your problem with being overtired, then talk to a chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sterling, Va.

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