5 Possible Reasons You're Having a Hard Time Sleeping

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Are you going into sleep debt?

When you lose a night's rest, you begin to go into what medical professionals call sleep debt. Every night you don't get a full 7-9 hours of rest, your sleep debt grows. When your sleep debt is too high problems like diabetes, heart problems, and weakened immune systems can begin to form.

If you're having a hard time sleeping, the first step is to figure out why. By identifying the problem, you can start taking steps to once again have a rich, full night's rest.

To help you out, we've created this article to explore possible reasons your body's keeping you up at night. Read on to find out what's making your restless, and how you can fix it.

1. Noise Pollution

If you're having a hard time sleeping, it could be due to noise pollution. While certain familiar sounds won't disrupt your sleep, startling and unusual sounds will.

Instead of resting peacefully, you'll spend the night twitching, and shifting positions in bed. When you wake up, you'll still feel tired and possibly moody. 

Creating a Sound Sleep Environment

While you can't eliminate every sound while you sleep, you can take steps to manage your noisy bedroom. We suggest you try putting a white noise machine somewhere in your bedroom. If you live in an especially noisy area, try wearing earplugs.

If you want there to be music, try finding ambient music playlists. As long as the sounds are soothing and peaceful, they shouldn't disrupt your sleep quality. Finally, move your bed to the least noisy part of your room, and watch as your sleep quality improves.

2. Erratic Sleep Schedule

Do you usually wake up at the same time in the morning? An erratic sleep schedule could be what's keeping you up at night. Since your body isn't used to going to sleep and waking up at a certain time, your internal clock may be out of whack.

How to Fix Your Sleep Schedule

Consistency is queen when it comes to reclaiming your sleeping patterns. Start by picking a bedtime and wake up time. For 1 entire week, do your very best to go to bed at the set time, and wake up at the set time.

Don't worry if you don't fall asleep when you lay down in bed. As long as you're in bed on time, your brain will start to gradually adjust your sleeping schedule.

3. Wrong Lighting

Mornings should be bright and bedtimes should be dim! Start adjusting your lighting to match the natural lighting of the day.

Before bedtime, start dimming the lights in your home. Turn off electronic screens like your television, computer, and even your smartphone. Electronic screens emit a lot of blue light that can disrupt your internal clock's flow.

Instead of watching t.v., try these sleep aid gummies, put on some soft music, and try reading a book or meditating. Finally, when morning comes along, blast your day with a dose of brightness.

Skip the snooze button, pull back the curtains, and let the sun come in! Enjoy your first cup of coffee outside in the morning sun.

4. Bad Mattress Means Bad Sleep

How long have you had your mattress? Chances are, if you didn't buy your mattress in this past year, you have no clue how long it's been around.

Mattresses are one of the things we tend to forget about, even though we rely on them for a good night's rest. Even brand new mattresses can do more harm than good if they're not made using quality materials.

Problems With Memory Foam

If you're a hot sleeper, you should steer clear of mattresses that use memory foam. Even a brand new memory foam mattress can make sleeping through the night nearly impossible.

Memory foam isn't a breathable material, all of your body heat can become trapped in the mattress. Instead of memory foam, we suggest looking for mattresses made from breathable materials like polyfoam.

Signs of an Old Mattress

Deformation is one of the top signs that it's time for a new mattress. For instance, if the bag is sagging in the middle, or the bed surface has dents in it, it's time to get a new mattress. Finally, if your mattress is squeaking and your box springs are creaking, start mattress shopping.

5. Anxiety and Depression

Does this sound familiar?

You lay down to sleep when suddenly a worry comes to your mind. Over time, the worry grows, until it consumes you. Hopping out of bed, you start working on some type of project, just to soothe your mind.

What Causes Anxiety?

If this sounds familiar you might be dealing with some form of anxiety. It's common for individuals who have anxiety to also find themselves dealing with depression.

For some, depression causes anxiety, while for some it's the anxiety that causes depression. Either way, both depression and anxiety can make it hard to sleep through the night.

Treatment Options

The good news is that anxiety disorders and depression are both treatable. However, only 36.9% of people with an anxiety disorder receive the treatment they need.

If you think your anxiety or depression is affecting you, reach out to your primary care doctor to explore your options. Today there's a wide variety of professional care options available. For instance, you can go to therapy, explore alternative complementary treatments, or try magnetic stimulation.

Stop Having a Hard Time Sleeping

Knowledge is power when you're having a hard time sleeping. Now that you know about 5 things that could be keeping you up at night, what steps will you take to reclaim your sleep?

Are you planning on eliminating distracting night noises? Or will you focus on getting a better mattress?

Whatever you choose to do, we're sure you'll feel like a new person with a full night's rest under your belt. For more ways to feel your best, check out the rest of this site.


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