We all know that sleep is important for our physical and mental health, but knowing this and being able to get enough sleep can be two very different things. You can do many things to make your bedroom just right for sleeping in, such as having gorgeous fitted bedroom furniture, keeping the temperature just right, and more. Sometimes, however, sleep still doesn’t come.
The good news is that many of the concerns that keep individuals from getting enough sleep at night can be resolved at home, and with relative ease. In order to get a good night’s sleep tonight, consider the following list of common causes of insomnia and possible solutions.
Although when you have an alcoholic drink, you may start to feel sleepy because you are more relaxed, your favorite drink might also be the reason you can’t sleep. Firstly, alcohol is a diuretic, which means that you will need to use the bathroom more, and this can be a reason you wake in the night (and then can’t get back to sleep). Secondly, although you may fall asleep quicker after a drink, that sleep is shallower, meaning that you will wake more easily if you hear a noise or something disturbs you. Plus, you won’t feel as though you have slept well when you do get up in the morning.
Snoring can be a big problem for people who sleep with someone else. When someone snores, they make loud noises all night long, which can make it hard for their partner to sleep. If this is the case, try talking to your partner about it in a way that doesn’t make them feel bad, since they can’t help snoring and may not even be aware of it. They could try a different way to sleep to see if that helps, or they could go to the doctor for advice. If you are the one who snores and doesn’t sleep as well as you could, the doctor may be able to help you. Chronic snoring is one of the signs of sleep apnea, so it is worth getting checked out.
Getting the balance right when it comes to food before bed can be difficult, but once you do hit the right amount of food at the right time, sleep will be much easier to come by. A big, heavy meal just before bed isn’t a good idea as your body won’t have had time to digest it properly before you go to sleep. This means that you can more easily put on weight, but it also means that you are uncomfortable in bed. Not eating enough will mean that you wake up too early due to hunger, and then it is difficult to go back to sleep because your body needs food. A smaller meal at least two hours before bedtime is a good idea, or, if you eat earlier and find you are hungry again at bedtime, a small snack of fruit, wholemeal toast, or oatcakes can be ideal.
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