If we’re going to be at our best, then we need to make sure that we’re taking care of the essentials of life, such as eating well, getting enough exercise, and getting a full night of rest under our belts. While it’s nearly always possible to eat healthy meals and go for a run, the sleeping aspect often feels like it’s outside of our control. We might want to get a solid seven to eight hours of rest each night, but that’s not always possible. Fortunately, this is not an issue that just one person suffers from — sleeping problems are on the rise. This might sound like a bad thing, but it’s not really. The more people suffer from a condition, the more we try to understand what causes it. So what are some of the reasons why you might struggle to sleep all the way through the night? We take a look at some ways below.
You might not have a problem sleeping all the way through when you’re by yourself, but if you have a long-term partner, then it’s unlikely that you’ll ever sleep alone. There’s nothing more annoying than being kept awake because of someone else. There are things you can do to make it easier, however. Make your bed comfortable, and most importantly, make it spacious — you’ll run into problems if you’re both trying to fall asleep when you’re crammed into a bed that is too small.
Too Much Caffeine
Blessed is the person who doesn’t need coffee to make it through their busy working day. For many people, it’s the only thing that makes it possible. Yet, while caffeine might be the fuel that drives your day, it’s important that you’re aware of the long-lasting nature of coffee in your system. If you have a cup after 4 pm, then you can’t have too many complaints if you’re tossing and turning once you get into bed. Try to keep your coffee consumption limited to the mornings, and also try to reduce it in general if you’re blasting your way through four or five keeps each day.
Not Enough Exercise
If you’re struggling to sleep, then it might be worth thinking about what sleep is designed for. It’s there to give our bodies the chance to restore the energy that we’ve lost during the day. It’s an excellent system, but it’s also one that requires that you do your part, too. For example, if you haven’t done anything during the day, then your body might not be in need of sleep. If you’ve had a few days where you’ve found it difficult to sleep, look at exhausting your body somewhat — go for a long run, or spend an hour at the gym. You’ll be happy to hit the hay.
We all enjoy a good drink with friends every once in a while, but it’s important that you’re aware of the influence that this will have on your sleeping habits. Some people tend to think that alcohol makes them sleepy, and that is true — but it’s really only effective for a napping style of sleep. Alcohol keeps your body in a slightly stressed state, so you won’t enter “deep sleep.” You’ll wake up multiple times during the night, even if you’re not fully aware of. If you’re ever tired the day after a few drinks, you can blame the alcohol, but it’s more the alcohol’s effect on your sleep. Also, cigarettes have a similar effect. People often smoke before bed “to relax themselves,” but it actually has an effect on your body that is anything but relaxing.
It’s Too Noisy
There are some people who can sleep through anything, but this is rare. Most people need things to be pretty quiet in their bedroom. Alas, this isn’t always possible, depending on where you live. If your property lets in a lot of external noise, then you’ll have problems, both falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the night. If this is a factor, then you have a few options. The easiest way to handle this issue is to simply wear earplugs. Soundproofing your room is a more permanent solution. There are also white noise generators that can guide you smoothly into a night of sleep.
If you’ve ever been camping, then you’ll know how difficult it is to fall asleep if you suspect that there’s something out there that might find its way into your tent. Well sometimes, the same principle can be applied to your home. If you know that you have creepy crawlies on your property, and you’re afraid of them, then how could you fall asleep? You’ll constantly be wondering if they’re nearby, after all. If this is the case, then you can reclaim your restful nights by calling in a professional to help. Call in an expert that can perform a spider removal, for instance, and you’ll go to bed each night knowing that the matter is behind you. Once the bugs have been removed, look at taking steps to ensure that they don’t come back.
Things on your Mind
By far the worst reason to find falling asleep difficult is when you have things on your mind. It’s not nice to worry, but sometimes, it’s all we can do. However, there are a few things we can do to prevent this from happening. For instance, we can make a conscious effort to think about other things. We can also remember those old wise words, that worrying isn’t very helpful – if you can do something about it, then do it. If you can’t, let it go from your mind (though we know this is easier said than done).
Finally, put down those screens before bedtime! Studies have shown that avoiding your iPhone, tablet, and laptop in the hour running up to bed can have a significant improvement in the quality of your sleep. Pick up a book instead; you’ll feel much more relaxed than if you were scrolling through Facebook.