You’re sleeping through the night, but you don’t wake up rested
Adults getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night should feel rested when they wake up. “If you’re still tired in the morning, that’s a red flag that something may be going on that you’re not aware of while you’re sleeping,” says Rachel Salas, MD, professor of medicine at John Hopkins University. Try improving your sleep quality by removing electronic devices from the bedroom, so you’re not disturbed by pinging and dinging, and dimming the lights on any other electronics, as light easily throws off our circadian rhythm. If outside noises are waking you up, consider filling the room with white noise or some of these soothing, snooze-boosting sleep sounds. Here’s more about what your sleep habits are trying to tell you.
You’re getting enough Zzs at night, but still hankering for naps
Have you ever dozed off during a monotonous meeting or slipped into sleep in a warm conference room? Dr. Salas says you shouldn’t need to if you’ve gotten the recommended amount of sleep the night before. “Even if you’re at a very boring lecture or a meeting, you really shouldn’t fall asleep,” she says. “If that’s happening, that’s a sign that something’s going on.”