5 Things That Could Be Keeping You up at Night
Are you having trouble staying asleep at night? Tried everything to have a good night’s sleep but still can’t? There are so many factors that decide whether you sleep well or not – from the wrong bedding to eating the wrong foods at the wrong time. Here are five things that could be keeping you up at night – some you may not have thought of.
1. Inappropriate Bedding
If you find that your inability to sleep well is more profound in warmer months, it may be because you have bedding that’s not suitable for the season. Natural materials are more breathable that synthetic fabrics, so opt for bedding that’s made from natural fibres. For example, you could try wool quilts from a company that specialises in comfortable bedding, such as MiniJumbuk. Cotton and linen sheets are great light options, as are wool cotton blended quilts for maximum breathability. You’ll be more comfortable and able to sleep better.
Snoring is a common problem that interrupts sleep for both men and women. There are many reasons a person snores (e.g. being overweight can mean more fat around the neck, making the throat narrower and, hence, vibrate more easily). However, you don’t have to be overweight to have this problem. Sleeping on your back will make it worse as it can be harder for air to flow in and out. Sinusitis is a big contributor to snoring too, so you may want to consult your doctor about solutions.
3. Constant Worrying
Most people have something or other to worry about, and that carries through into the night when you’re trying to sleep. While it may be hard to do, try doing some sort of activity you enjoy before going to bed. It will lift your serotonin levels and at least partially alleviate stress. Talk about what’s troubling you with someone who truly listens. It’s never a good thing to keep it all bottled up inside.
4. Eating the Wrong Foods
It isn’t just eating the wrong foods but eating them at the wrong time that could be an issue. It’s no secret that foods high in caffeine or sugar can keep you up, but sometimes fatty food or too many vegetables and fruit can keep you awake. Those foods can cause gas, which makes strange noises in your stomach and intestinal tract and makes you feel bloated – both of which will keep you up. All these things should ideally be consumed at least two hours before bed.
Our bodies were designed to sleep in the dark. While it may seem like we’re in the dark, chances are, there’s light from a number of sources – streetlights, the moon, the glow from our digital alarms clocks, or mobile devices. If there’s light seeping through our thin eyelids, it’s tricking the brain into thinking it should be awake. Try and cut out as much light as you possibly can.
It can be a real worry when you find it difficult to stay asleep. Remember, though, that it’s normal to wake up a few times a night – most of us do. However, if you find that you’re spending much more time awake than asleep, it may be best to consult with your doctor who may be able to refer you to a sleep specialist to find out the exact causes and remedies.