Stress from Things That Are Keeping You Awake

Things That Are Keeping You Awake

Stress

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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.

Hormonal Changes

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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!

Surrounding Noise

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.

Heat

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.

Magnesium and Calcium

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

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.

Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant. Therefore, it will cause disturbance to your sleep, making it harder to fall asleep while also waking you up during the night. Love the taste? Try decaf, it tastes just as good but doesn’t have that wide-awake effect on you.

Alcohol

Although it may seem like after a few glasses of wine you are falling asleep faster. Wine actually prevents you from being in a deep sleep, while also waking you up periodically throughout the night. Skip the wine right before bed, have it with your dinner instead.

 

Water

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 Are Eating

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.

Anxiety

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It is proven anxiety can prevent you from getting a good night sleep. To reduce your anxiety before bed try to unwind. Meditation, listening to a sleep CD, and exercising are all good ways slow down your racing mind.

Headaches

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.

Tips For Headaches

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1. eat a light snack before bed to ensure your blood sugar is not low.

2. Check around your room for any fragrances, such as an air freshener or even food. Remove the scent you think may be the cause of your headaches.

Back Pain

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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.