Do You Feel Like a Slug?

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 8.18.29 AMAre not feeling energetic like your motivation vanished? Are your hobbies now boring and your mood flat? Are you tired in the morning even after a night of good sleep? Maybe your friends, family, or coworkers describe you as a slug. You may feel fatigued and unmotivated to get off the couch, but it may not be as simple as laziness.

When you feel lethargic and have little motivation to do daily tasks or experience poor concentration when trying to do tasks, many people blame this lack of  motivation on laziness.  A lack of restful sleep may be the real cause. Insufficient amounts of sleep can lower interest and pleasure in participating in daily activities and hobbies.

If you are having difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or if you wake up multiple times during the night, you have insomnia. Poor quality sleep often makes you feel irritable the next day at work or at school. Maybe your coworkers or friends have noticed that you express stunted motivation and show signs of exhaustion. While insomnia itself can cause fatigue and irritability, mood changes also serve as a contributing factor.

Because insomnia and mood have a close relationship, decreased mood make the symptoms of insomnia worse and vice versa. After a sleepless night, you may feel more irritable, short-tempered, and vulnerable to stress, resulting in a decreased or a negative mood. On the other hand, a flat mood can itself trigger your inability to fall or stay asleep; negative mood results in little motivation and poor concentration, making it difficult to sleep.  

Is insomnia affecting your mood?  Insomnia is not something you have to live with; it is a treatable disorder. With medications that work for you, you could potentially see huge improvement in your sleep and your mood. Call the Institute for Advanced Medical Research at 770-817-9200 to learn more about your options for treating insomnia.