Who doesn’t love a good night’s sleep? It is one of the most essential factors when it comes to our physical and mental well-being. However, if you are not getting the eight hours that you need at night to keep your body and mind working at 100 percent, there are a number of reasons why this may be the case. In this article, we are going to address four of the most common of them, as well as give you some solutions that will hopefully help you to drift off.
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[ctt template=”4″ link=”5leHE” via=”yes” ]Sleep is one of the most essential factors when it comes to our physical and mental well-being. If you are struggling to sleep, here are four of the most common reasons why, as well as some solutions.[/ctt]
Not Having a Regular Routine
If your sleeping hours are all over the place, your body won’t know what is going on. Keeping regular hours can help it to know when it is time to be awake and when it is time to be asleep. So, try to set a regular bedtime for yourself and stick to it as closely as possible. You can signal to your body that it is time to sleep with a nightly routine such as taking a hot bath or an evening wind-down time with a good book. Also, try keeping other aspects of your life regular such as your mealtimes.
Stress at Night
We have all been there that the moment you switch off the light, your mind starts going into overdrive and a host of stressful situations keep you awake. To start off with, you can remove any electronics from your bedroom so that you are not tempted to check your emails or stay connected with work in some other way. Another technique that you can use is to write down everything that is bothering you into a notebook and returning to it when you are wide awake and more able to take action.
Poor Sleeping Environment
The best conditions for sleeping are cool, dark and quiet. For the first one, you could invest in a fan or air conditioning to keep the temperature down. For the second, a blackout blind works wonders in shutting out natural light. And for the last one, try not to have a loud fan or air conditioner or anything else that makes a lot of noise. You also want to make sure that your bed is as comfortable as it can be so why not try some Egyptian cotton sheets and a pillowtop mattress pad? Experiment with different layers of duvets and blankets until you determine what you are most comfortable with.
Bad Food and Drink Choices
When you have a diet which is lacking in essential nutrients and contains too many unhealthy processed foods, your body may struggle to complete the biochemical reactions that help us get to sleep at night. So, address this may adjusting your diet to include more fruits, vegetables and other healthy things. Some people's bodies are also affected by caffeine. Watch the amount of caffeine you have and how late in the day you have it. Remember that caffeine is in coffee, tea, and chocolate. Adjust your amounts of caffeine and how late in the day you have it until you find what works and what doesn't.
If you have identified yourself in one or more of the points above, use this advice to make some essential lifestyle adjustments.
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