Why Am I Always So Sleepy?
You’re healthy, you average 8 – 10 hours sleep, life is not stressful, work is not hectic, you exercise, you eat healthy, you go to sleep early, you are not sick, you take multi-vitamins, you don’t drink coffee, you have a suitable bed and pillow, blood iron levels are normal, you’re not on medication, you don’t party late, and you’re not pregnant, but you still feel sleepy and lethargic all the time.
If that’s the case, then you better go see a doctor (eastern and western) and get yourself checked out immediately. You may be suffering from an undiagnosed medical illness that needs to be addressed such as a thyroid issue, a sleeping problem or blood sugar problem.
If you’ve had medical tests done and there are no underlying medical issues dragging you down, then you may be suffering from a very common lifestyle condition called the “lazy bone syndrome”.
The lazy bone takes the better of you when you are bored, demotivated, and when your mind lacks stimulation and arousal.
When your mind is aroused, I’m sure you won’t feel sleepy at all.
– when you are enjoying yourself on a date
– when you are having a good time with your friends
– when you are having fun on holidays (you have no problems getting up early in the morning)
– when you have a deadline to meet (you’ll be very focused and motivated to complete the work and meet the deadline)
– when you are watching your favorite sporting event
– when you are partying wild
– when you have meaningful things planned for the day
– when you are making love
– when you enjoy your work and the company of your workmates, you dance and prance to work, and getting out of bed in the morning would be much easier
– when you are playing sports (you may feel tired after the sporting game, but you certainly will not feel sleepy)
– when you have a purpose in life
On the contrary, when you have to get up in the morning to go to work, your mind is dreading the process and automatically your sloth like lazy bone behaviour takes over. Or when you have nothing planned for the whole day and you decide to just bum around watching TV, your energy level drops and you may end up falling asleep.
The point is, most of the time, we feel sleepy because we are lazy. This laziness is brought on by the boredom and lack of stimulation in our activities. Have you ever been in a situation when you become so consumed and aroused that you loose track of the time. You are completely focused with the activity and time flies. One of my friend who was writing a book recalled that at one stage in her writing, ideas came flowing through her head and she was writing for 20 hours non stop without sleep. Afterward, she said she didn’t even realize she had been writing for so long and she said she did not feel tired or sleepy at all.
Now I’m not suggesting for people to do what my friend did and go non stop without sleep for 20 hours doing the work you enjoy. This can be very harmful for your health in the long run. But this is a great example of how the author became so consumed with the excitement of writing, that she completely lost track of the time and denied the necessity for sleep.
So if you are perfectly healthy but you often feel sleepy, most likely it is because you are lacking the arousal and excitement in your life. If that’s the case, a change in the living and working environment maybe just what you need. Get some motivation and challenges back into your life……….. Simply put, “You are bored”!
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