There’s nothing worse than waking up more tired than you were when you went to bed. Millions of Americans have sleep struggles that affect their physical health, work productivity and mental well-being. Here are a few reasons why you might have trouble sleeping.
Eating the wrong foods before bed can affect your sleep. If your bedtime snack consists of a bowl of chocolate ice cream or a bag of potato chips, it might be keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep. The fat and protein in these snacks send your digestive system into high gear, making it difficult to fall asleep. In addition, if your everyday diet is lacking in certain vitamins and minerals, it may be hindering your ability to relax and fall asleep. Your daily intake should include plenty of fruits and leafy green vegetables to avoid any deficiencies. Exercise has long been proven to lead to a better night’s sleep. However, if you exercise within three hours of your bedtime, you’re going to toss and turn at night. Exercise stimulates your nervous system, raises your heart rate and results in an elevated body temperature.
If you suffer from breathing problems associated with ailments such as asthma, snoring or allergies, you may not be getting a good night’s sleep. Sleep apnea will also affect your sleep quality. According to Black Hills ENT, sleep apnea causes your nasal passages to block oxygen, causing you to wake up in the night as you try to restore your breathing. People with depression or anxiety disorders are often diagnosed because their main symptom is sleeplessness. Women experiencing menopause are often woken at night because of hormonal changes causing night sweats. This may happen several times in a night, not only disrupting your sleep pattern but making it difficult to get comfortable. Older people with dementia or Parkinson’s disease frequently suffer from a pattern of sleeping less, waking more often and having trouble falling asleep. Stress, or the inability to handle stress, can also lead to sleeplessness.
If you watch television, work on your computer or use your phone in bed at night, you may have trouble falling asleep. According to Waveform Lighting, the blue light emitted by these devices disrupts your body’s ability to create melatonin, the sleep hormone. Artificial light may also disrupt your body’s natural desire to sleep when it’s dark and stay awake when it’s light. If your room is too cold or too warm, you may have a tough time getting to sleep.
There are so many hindrances to getting a good night’s sleep. You may not be able to eliminate them all, but you can try to avoid the ones that you think are causing you the most problems. Try working on the things listed above for a good start on the way to a better night’s sleep.
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