10 Reasons You Can’t Fall Asleep (and What You Can Do About It) from 10 Reasons You Can’t Fall Asleep (and What You Can Do About It)
10 Reasons You Can’t Fall Asleep (and What You Can Do About It)
“We are all electrical beings, and it’s important to live our lives in harmony with nature. Once we break that bond, illnesses and sleep problems appear,” Connie Rogers, Certified Integrative Holistic Coach and Certified Brain Health Coach, says.
“Decades of ingesting poor quality foods and toxic exposures can and will change our moods, health, and stress levels eventually overburdening our biochemistry and bioelectrical balance,” she says. Here are some tips on what you can do.
Fear and anger
Both keep us stressed and negatively charged; worrying about falling asleep can be counterproductive. “My grandmother was right when she said: ‘Never go to bed angry,’” Connie Rogers, Certified Integrative Holistic Coach and Certified Brain Health Coach, says. “Differences are a double-edged sword. It’s what brings us together and can inevitably break apart relationships.” Practice a more centered way of being. “Open communication to settle arguments with your partner or family member before your day is over,” she adds.
Exposure to smart meters
“The most frequently reported symptoms from exposure to smart meters are insomnia, headaches, tinnitus, [and] fatigue. It’s these symptoms that can keep us from falling asleep,” Rogers says. “The highly sensitive person can find it hard to relax with ‘radio frequency radiation’ close by. Ask your power company to remove and replace your smart meter with a safe analog meter.”
This can be harmful to good gut bacteria. “Prolonged stress and high cortisol levels increase risk for high blood sugar levels. High blood sugar has a direct relationship with not being able to fall asleep,” Rogers says. “Drink herbal teas instead of caffeinated drinks. Stimulants like caffeine disrupt cortisol levels, and increases stress. Incorporate meditation into your daily routine, decide where you want your energy to flow, and keep stress levels in check.”
“Electromagnetic fields suppress the activity of the pineal gland and reduce melatonin production,” Rogers says. “This means [that] neurotransmitters become confused with emissions of blue light from TVs, computers and cell phones. Design your bedroom to be a place for rest and remove EMF exposures.”
“According to the School of Medical Sciences at Australia’s University of New South Wales, obesity is triggered by junk food that alters our behavior. The increase in fat cells secrete hormones disrupts blood sugar levels and prevents us from falling asleep,” Rogers says. Choose harmony instead of obesity. Avoid heavy meals before bed. Ditch the junk, ice cream, cake, and soda.” The gut microbiome is the foundation of our health. “If we take this for granted, we open ourselves up to a host of other preventable illnesses,” she adds.
“Asthma may stem from sensitivity to foods, exposure to mold, medications, toxic scents, animal dander, dust mites, or chemicals inside mattresses, leaving the asthmatic unable to feel comfortable enough to fall asleep,” Rogers says. “Some helpful tips include reflexology on soles of feet using lavender essential oil. You may also want to make a conscious effort to remove toxic exposures, eat naturally, purchase an organic mattress and home air filtration system, and avoid GMOs.”
“Melatonin plays a part in numerous physiological processes. It regulates oxidative stress, fights inflammation and is found in gut bacteria,” Rogers says. “According to the Institute of Biomedicine of Seville, there is a relationship between impaired melatonin synthesis and secretion and IBS. Antibiotics kill good gut bacteria and are overprescribed for IBS disorders.” You can build a healthy immune system, a healthy microbiome and prevent IBS by adding in food to your diet that improve digestion. Some examples include organic ginger, turmeric and non-dairy fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut, she adds.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
“Approximately 25 percent (81 million) of Americans suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Acid reflux or GERD can mean spending many uncomfortable nights trying to fall asleep in a chair,” Rogers says. “Healing happens when we change what we eat and the way we eat. Avoid inflammatory foods and food additives like MSG, eat smaller portions, don’t mix alcohol with a heavy meal, and chew foods instead of gulping.”
You eat too much sugar
“Opioid peptides from wheat and dairy products impair neurotransmitter metabolism. Sugar, wheat and alcohol harm our biochemistry, deplete serotonin levels, disrupt hormones, and keep us in a zombie state, unable to fall asleep,” Rogers says. “Sugar-highs lead to serotonin lows. Ditch the addictions. We can replace sugary products with naturally sweet foods like sweet potatoes for enhancing relaxation.” Some melatonin-rich foods include organic tomatoes, bananas, dark tart cherries, olives, orange bell peppers, and walnuts.
Lack of sunlight
“Optimum melatonin production requires optimum serotonin production. Sunlight and exercise influence both,” Rogers says. “According to Chonnam National University, melatonin was found significantly higher when we exercise outdoors in sunlight. Exercise has been proven to prevent restlessness and/or sleep disorders. But there’s a catch – melatonin levels are decreased by late night exercise.”