BY KAYLA BEIRNE
If you keep having nights of poor sleep, think about these possible reasons why you’re not sleeping well. Then, adjust your lifestyle as soon as possible.
Sleep is a natural bodily response to indicate you need rest. Better yet, a proper night’s sleep—approximately eight to nine hours—rejuvenates you for the next day. While everyone knows sleep is important, there are some considerations to be aware of that could impact your nightly sleep patterns. Here are three reasons you have trouble falling asleep and some solutions to correct them.
An Undiagnosed Sleep Disorder
One of the most important aspects to consider about sleep patterns is whether you’re susceptible to an undiagnosed sleep disorder. Commonly, this includes insomnia, sleep apnea, or restless leg syndrome. Each of these sleep disorders prevents you from having a quality night’s sleep and leaves you sluggish and lethargic the next day. Consult a doctor if you feel you may have any of these disorders. This way, you can receive the proper treatments or medications as soon as possible.
Too Much Screen Time
Another reason you’re not getting enough sleep could be that you’re exposing yourself to too much screen time before bed. TVs, laptops, smartphones, and video game consoles are all responsible for this. Of course, these devices don’t use themselves, which is why it’s up to you to limit your nightly electronic activity. Consider these ways to reduce screen time before bed so that you set yourself up for a good night’s rest. The obvious solution is to simply put down your electronics to let your eyes adjust to the natural darkness. However, if you feel you can’t settle your mind due to anxiety or nerves, you can meditate to help you relax.
Exercising Too Close to Bedtime
Another one of the top three reasons you have trouble falling asleep may be that you exercise too late in the night. While exercise can increase sleep quality, doing it too late can impede your circadian rhythm, thus preventing your sleep. Life’s complexities often force you to fit in a workout at the most convenient time. However, if you have time to exercise during the day or evening, you should do so. Exercising too late can overstimulate your brain, leading to more difficulty falling asleep. Also, avoid any pre-workout or caffeinated drinks before bed. These will also keep you awake and alert when you’re trying to shut your eyes.