5 Factors Contributing To Why You’re Not Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, then you’re probably ready to get a good night’s sleep.  Have you been waking up frequently throughout the night?  Is it hard to get sleepy when you lay your head down?

Chances are that something you’re doing is contributing to your poor sleep quality.  Here are some of the most common contributing factors to consider.

Screen Time

Gone are the days of grabbing a book to read in bed.  Today most people scroll their tablets or phones before turning out the lights.  As a result, your brain is overstimulated due to the light and sounds.

Try to turn off your electronics at least an hour before bedtime.  Try this for a few nights in a row and notice if you see an improvement in your quality of sleep.  Chances are that you will!

Working Out Late

A lot of people schedule their workouts in the evenings to be able to suit their work day.  However, in an attempt to boost their fitness, they may be doing more damage than good.

Doing intense cardio too close to your bedtime may hold you back from falling asleep.  Your heart rate is elevated, and your system is stimulated resulting in laying wide awake in bed.  Try to schedule your workouts in the morning or during your lunch time if you can.

Alcohol

While alcohol can help you fall asleep faster, it inhibits staying asleep.  Alcohol interferes with your body’s natural sleep cycles. You may have issues reaching a deep sleep which is the most important kind.  

In addition to having a restless night, you’ll wake up feeling dehydrated and tired regardless of how long you slept.  Try to limit your alcohol consumption and take note of whether it was indeed contributing to your sleep problems.

Temperature

Some people keep their rooms either way too hot or way too cold.  When you’re trying to sleep in extreme temperatures, it’s no wonder you wake up all the time.

Your body needs to be somewhere in between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit for a restful sleep.  If you don’t want to touch your thermostat to preserve costs, consider using a fan for hotter temperatures and a thicker blanket for colder temperatures.

Stress

Sometimes even with all of the right elements in place your mind just won’t seem to shut off.  When your brain is full of all of the things which could possibly go wrong, it can keep you up worrying.

Try to engage in some kind of meditation to reduce your stress levels.  Some people also find that guided hypnosis in their earphones is effective.