The one thing almost everyone looks forward to right after waking up is going back to bed. The reason that most of us feel that way is because we're waking up still tired from the day before. What gives? Believe it or not there are some pretty easy explanations as to why you've had a bad night's sleep and didn't wake up refreshed.


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    Your Partner

    Sure they're nice to have around to cuddle and do other things with but to be truthful our sleep mate is most likely the reason for our lack of quality sleep. Maybe your partners snores. Maybe your partner tosses and turns. Both of those are key factors in keeping you from getting the restful sleep you need. Have you thought about separate beds?

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    Your Brain

    Even though our bodies are tired our minds are still operating at a fast and furious pace. Perhaps you're concerned about an event at work, maybe you've had a disagreement with a friend, maybe that comment about your post on Facebook has you furious. Despite the fact that you're trying to sleep your brain wants to focus on these items and that makes falling asleep and getting a restful sleep more difficult. Have you tried not looking at Facebook before bedtime

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    Mario Tama/Getty Images

    Aches & Pains

    It's hard for the body to relax when you're in pain. It doesn't have to be an excruciating pain just a minor ache or pain will do the trick. Maybe your knee is sore from a lot of walking. Your back is sore from doing yard work. Maybe your shoulders are tense from working at a computer all day. These aches and pains make it hard for you to fall asleep and stay asleep.  Have you considered doing yoga to stretch out your body, muscles, and joints?

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    Spencer Platt/Getty Images

    Your Mattress

    Do you know how old your mattress is? Most of us don't. That's a real problem. A mattress is something that you should always spend the money on. A cheap mattress will cost you more in the long run than a quality sleep system will. Make sure your rotate your mattress from time to time and flip it too. It helps your mattress last longer and give you a better night's sleep. Have you considered investing in a new mattress?

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    Your Kids

    If you have little ones then you're always being awakened because of their needs. Maybe they are thirsty. Maybe they are being noisy. Maybe there has been a monster sighting in the closet. If you're kids are older you want them to turn the music down or you're wanting to make sure they've made it in for the night. Have you considered moving and not telling them your new address?

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