Many of us have no doubt heard that line spoken by many an ersatz hypnotist on the silver screen. However, how many of us live that thought every day, perhaps at work, perhaps at home, but at times when we should be well rested? “Gee, why am I so sleepy?” you might ask yourself on a daily basis.
If you believe the polls and surveys, then as many as 40 percent or more of us could be asking ourselves that question each day without fully realizing that we are suffering from sleep problems — problems that result in sleep deprivation, which in turn result in, yes, feelings of tiredness and even dozing off and falling asleep in the daytime.
It’s not normal to be un-rested in the daytime. Our bodies are built to regenerate themselves at night unless we make a conscious (or unreflective) decision to interfere with our natural sleep patterns, or unless we have a physical, mental or medical problem that is causing us not to sleep well at night.
If you stayed up late the night before because you were out on the town or were otherwise doing something to interfere with a good night’s sleep, then being tired in the daytime can be explained away. But if daytime fatigue is the norm, then you’re either depriving yourself of sleep through life-style choices, or you have an underlying problem that needs to be treated.
If despite your best efforts at a good night’s sleep, you still feel constantly tired in the daytime, then we have a little self-quiz for you. Ask yourself if you often:
- feel irritable or sleepy during the day?
- have difficulty staying awake when sitting still, watching television or reading?
- fall asleep or feel very tired while driving?
- require caffeinated beverages to keep yourself going?
- have difficulty concentrating?
- often get told by others that you look tired?
- react slowly?
- have trouble controlling your emotions?
- feel like you have to take a nap almost every day?
Answering “yes” to even a few, or worse, many of these questions is a good sign that you have a sleep problem that needs to be evaluated and treated. Don’t keep shortchanging yourself and your daily enjoyment because of sleep deprivation caused by factors that can be controlled and/or cured.
Hook up with a sleep evaluation team, such as the one at the Snoring Center, and find out what’s going on. Often, a simple 20-minute, in-office procedure can lead to years of improved sleep, improved health, and improved enjoyment of life.