October 17, 2018

Why You Are Having A Hard Time Sleeping

Is sleep becoming an issue to you? Or are you trying to get some rest to reinvigorate your body in preparation for an upcoming event but to no avail? Well, it is time you examine what could be the reason behind your undesirable wakefulness.

The following are some of the reasons why you are having a hard time sleeping;

You haven’t prepared yourself to sleep

In some cases, you may feel the urge to fall asleep but fail to catch some sleep at all. Your body may become totally fatigued. You may find yourself turning frequently in bed in frustration as you might have planned to wake up at some time to attend to your set schedules, which may include reporting to work, going to school, attending a particular meeting, meeting up with a friend or catching a flight. The more you force yourself to fall asleep is the more you find yourself staying awake. In such as case, it is advisable to tune your brain to get into the mood of sleep. You can do this by meditating, turning on some cool music or reading a boring book.

You are exposing your eyes a lot to bright light

Commonly, devices used in the bedroom such as mobile phones, televisions and laptops emit blue light, which has adverse effects on sleep. When you leave the screens of your devices awake while in a dark room, your sleep is likely to be interrupted by the light emitted from the screens. This is because blue light emitted from the devices used in the bedroom tend to inhibit the production of melatonin, a hormone crucial in sleep patterns regulation. The absence of melatonin can make it extremely difficult for you to sleep. Hence, to ensure that you have a good and uninterrupted sleep, it is recommended to turn off all the lights in your bedroom while going to bed.

You stay in a noisy environment

A noisy environment is more likely to make it difficult for you to sleep. This is because noise has the ability to interrupt your sleep, especially when you have just fallen asleep. The intensity of noise produced by things or people around you may also wake you up from deep sleep. When having a hard time catching some sleep because of a noisy environment, you should consider soundproofing your sleep. You can achieve this by insulating your windows and floors. Also, you can apply white noise or silence all your indoor electronics.

You engage in poor eating habits

What you eat before going to bed plays a greater role in influencing your sleep. Eating too much before sleep can have a negative impact on your sleep. This is because when you eat a lot and lie down on your stomach, the stomach acid may find its way back into the esophagus. This can consequently cause pain, coughing and heartburn. To help prevent this, it is a good idea to eat less before going to bed. You can also take dinner early enough to allow you some time to rest before going to bed.

You are stressed

Stress can manifest both as a result of feeling excited and feeling worried about something. When you are stressed, your cortisol and adrenaline levels tend to rise making it difficult to sleep. Some of the things that may cause stress include loss of a job, death of a close family member, friend or someone you adore, divorce, getting married, increased financial responsibilities, emotional issues or chronic illness. To help combat stress and make it easy to sleep, you can consider meditation. Also, to avoid the chances of getting stressed before sleep, it is advisable to always steer clear of your mobile phone, tablet, computer or television when you are about to go to bed.

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