Why do I still feel tired even after sleeping?

I usually go to bed early, at around 11:00 PM and I wake up at 7AM without any interruptions to my sleep during the night. When I wake up though, my body feels sore and it's like I haven't even slept a minute and I feel tired all day. What could be the issue causing my restless sleep and why do I still feel tired even after sleeping?

Doctors Answers (3)

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 10/28/2013

Feeling tired after a night's sleep is often referred to as non-restorative sleep. You suggest that you are restless but unless that has been witnessed by someone you may lie still all night. You would likely benefit from an overnight sleep study to assess your sleep "architecture". This would include monitoring for leg movements, sleep staging, noting how long it takes to achieve sleep including REM sleep, observe for fragmented sleep and sleep disordered breathing. Persons with chronic generalized pain often have a lack of restorative slow wave (deep) sleep. Treatment is available for most sleep disorders. And, of course, there are other causes for feeling tired such as thyroid conditions, diabetes, etc.

Joseph Lee, DDS, FICOI
Answered on: 10/24/2013

Having a sleep study performed would be a good place to start. There may be interruptions in your sleep, even though you aren't "aware" of being awake or having woken up.

SomnoDiagnostics, Inc.
Answered on: 10/23/2013

That's a hard question to answer without more details. But, it is clear in your complaint that you are not resting well. The problems could possibly be related to sleep apnea or your legs. Always choose the best route and see a board certified sleep specialist.