According to Health.com “the brain uses the same neurotransmitters for sleep and mood, it's often hard to know which starts first. Stressful situations or events, such as money or marital problems, often kick off insomnia that can become a long-term problem.” Try doing some yoga or meditation before bed, focus on your breathing.
Yes ladies, hormonal changes may be playing a part in why you’re having so much trouble falling asleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 40% of premenopausal women (those who are in their menopausal transition years) have sleep problems. This being said, remember… You are not alone!
Your surroundings play a huge role in the amount of time you sleep per night. Are you having trouble sleeping because it’s noisy outside your window? Maybe you can’t sleep in complete silence. Here’s a tip, weather you have trouble sleeping because of the noise, or you can’t sleep in silence, I have the perfect solution for you… Just buy a relaxing CD to listen to before bed. Yes, it is actually that simple. Do this to tune out the distracting noise, or add some relaxing music to your prior to bed routine.
Yes, your room temperature really does have an effect on how quickly you fall asleep. We all know those hot summer nights, tossing and turning trying to get comfortable. Not being able to fall asleep because it’s so hot. It is proven, people tend to fall asleep faster and sleep better when the room temperature is cooler.
Both Magnesium and Calcium are important to a good night sleep. It is proven that when the 2 of them are taken together they help boost your sleep. So, don’t forget to take your vitamins!
The smell of your surroundings before bed plays a huge roll in your sleep pattern. You may smell something that is giving you a headache, or maybe you left out a snack from earlier that day. Try aromatherapy before bedtime, a nice scent of lavender will help you fall into a state of relaxation, which in turn, will help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Water right before bed is a huge No, No… That is, unless you like waking up periodically throughout the night to use the bathroom. Ashley Patton from Women’s Health, advises us to “try and avoid drinking fluids 60-90 minutes before your usual bedtime to make sure you actually spend all night in bed.”
What you eat before bed will determine how you feel throughout the night. Who wants to wake up feeling sick and uncomfortable? Let me guess… No one! Make sure you stay away from any food high in acid before bedtime.
Are you having trouble falling asleep because you have a massive headache? Maybe you’re waking up in the middle of the night with your head throbbing. This is a huge factor in sleep loss.
Back pains are sure to keep you up at night. You want to sleep, it’s so hard to get comfortable, and you do not want to move at the same time. For help, see a doctor for recommendations on what you should do for the pain.