10 reasons why you sleep only 6 and not 8 hours a night - and why you are constantly tired!

Do this and you'll sleep great

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In the modern pace of life, sleep often becomes of secondary importance. But the quality and quantity of sleep are crucial for our health and well-being. Although eight hours of sleep per night is recommended, many of us regularly sleep only six hours, leading to constant fatigue. Here are ten reasons that may explain why this is happening.

In the deluge of daily responsibilities, stress and constant pressure imposed by modern life, sleep is often the one part of our routine that is forced to take a back seat. Despite numerous studies highlighting the importance of quality sleep for our health, many of us regularly sleep less than the recommended eight hours a night. The result? Chronic fatigue, reduced productivity and negative effects on our physical and mental health.

Why is that so? Why, despite knowing that sleep is vital to our well-being, do many of us still fail to satisfy this basic human need? The factors are many and varied, from lifestyle to unconscious habits that we repeat every night. In this article, we'll reveal ten common reasons why you might be struggling to get those crucial eight hours of sleep a night and constantly waking up tired. From exploring the impact of our evening routine to the psychological barriers that prevent us from fully surrendering to the embrace of Morpheus, together we'll discover how we can transform these habits to ensure a calmer, deeper and more restorative night's rest.

1. Emotionally demanding reading before bed

Reading before bed is considered a relaxing activity, but engaging in emotionally taxing literature can have a negative impact on your sleep. Choose lighter tasks that will not disturb your spirit right before rest.

2. Using strong toothpastes before going to bed

It may sound trivial, but the type of toothpaste you use before bed can affect your chances of getting a good night's rest. Traps with a strong mint flavor can stimulate the brain and interfere with the transition to sleep.


3. Sleeping on the wrong side of the body

Sleeping on your right side can increase your risk of acid reflux, which can disrupt your sleep. Try to sleep on your left side to reduce the chances of nocturnal sleep interruptions.

4. The bedroom is too quiet

Complete silence in the bedroom can actually prevent deep sleep, as even the smallest sounds can disturb your rest. Prefer to use white noise or nature sounds, which will create a pleasant background for sleep.

5. Too much intimacy before bed

Although intimacy is an important part of a relationship, too much activity before bed can raise your body temperature and make it harder to fall asleep. Keep the bedroom cool and avoid excessive physical activity right before bed.

6. Drink tea too late

Although tea can help you relax, it's important to drink it a few hours before bed to reduce the effect of caffeine, especially if you drink black or green teas, which can contain more caffeine.


7. Wearing sleep monitoring devices

While they can be useful for improving sleep quality, focusing too much on the data these devices provide can lead to obsession and even insomnia.

8. TV in standby mode

Even the slightest light or flicker can disturb your sleep. Completely turn off all devices in the bedroom to ensure a dark and quiet environment.

9. Listening to bedtime stories or watching heavy movies

For some people, bedtime stories can be counterproductive, as you may worry about staying awake until the end of the story, which can disrupt the transition to sleep.

10. Fear of the dark

The fear of turning off the lights is more common than we think. Gradually reducing the light before bed can help overcome this fear and ease the transition to restful sleep.


Quality sleep is the foundation of health and well-being. By following these tips and finding solutions to any problems that prevent you from getting a good night's rest, you can significantly improve your quality of life and wake up more rested and ready for the challenges of the new day.

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