7 Ways to Not Feel Incredibly Exhausted in the Morning


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Sleep—we crave it and we need it, but we never seem to get enough of it. A new Consumer Reports survey of 4023 adults found that 27% of Americans suffer from insomnia while 68%—the equivalent of 164 million people—struggle with sleep at least once a week. These are sobering statistics, which is why we’re dedicating the next few days to this ever-elusive, never-can-have-enough part of our lives. Welcome to Byrdie’s first-ever Sleep Week, where you can expect detailed accounts of our own editors’ sleep trials and tribulations, the latest products to help you nod off, and all the new relevant research. Suffice to say, we’re obsessed with getting more shut-eye (and the quality kind, too), and hopefully our obsession will ensure you wake more up mornings feeling well-rested and less like you want to hurl your alarm clock across the room. Read (and rest) up! 

An ongoing issue I've been experiencing as of late is that I wake up feeling like I was hit by a Mack Truck. My eyes burn, I have a pounding headache, and I feel like I need a pitchfork to lift me up and off my mattress. No, this isn't from indulging in a nightly bender, but it's something I've deemed a "sleep hangover," and it really, really sucks.

My New Year's resolution was to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier, but, sadly, I have this thing I call television FOMO where I insist upon catching up on my shows before finally getting some shut-eye. It's an issue, I know, and I'm certain it's contributed to my sleep hangover. However, even when I do make a concerted effort to get an adequate amount of sleep, the symptoms persist. The notion of waking up feeling refreshed seems like a far-off fantasy, and I've been desperate for a solution. Thus, I've compiled a list of science-backed ways to feel like a champion once your alarm goes off. Want to learn how? Let's get started.