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I Can Fall Asleep, But I Rarely Feel Like I Slept

Hi, I'm Scott. I'm 16 years old. I sometimes have problems sleeping, mostly falling asleep, but once I do, I sleep like a log.

My problem so far has mostly been getting sleep that makes me feel rested. When i wake up in the morning, at any time mind you, i feel groggy, tired, and still want to go to sleep, even if it isn't even technically morning! I think it is starting to cut in to my health. I am underweight, and short. I think these may be fixed in time, but i am not quite sure.

Anyways, i was wondering if there was any way i would be able to get to sleep and still feel rested. I am only a teen mind you, so anything costing above the $20 price range is out of the question. If anyone has any kind of ideas on the subject, that would be absolutely fantastic. Thanks for reading and responding!

Kevin: Hey Scott, if you're sleeping and waking up not feeling refreshed there are essentially two possible culprits: the QUANTITY of your sleep or the QUALITY of your sleep.

QUANTITY: If the issue is solely quantity, you could be operating with a large sleep debt. Even if you're sleeping what you feel to be a lot of hours now, this sleep debt could be built up from the past and large enough to still make you feel non-refreshed even after a full night's sleep. To learn about sleep debt, visit this page.

QUALITY: From your description it could be possible also that the quality of your sleep is being compromised, from a sleep disorder for example. One of the most common culprits in sleep quality compromising is sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that essentially fragments your sleep by causing you hundreds of little micro-awakenings throughout the night that you have no recollection for upon awakening. This can make an 8 hour night sleeping in bed feel like a 2 hour sleep. For more on sleep apnea, visit this page. Or learn about other sleep disorders here.

All the best,

(Please keep in mind that I am a student of sleep science and not a medical doctor. Please take any thoughts I give with my background in mind.)

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