One Of These Seven Reasons Is Why You Can’t Get Quality Sleep

How many times have you heard that sleep is critical for your body to function well? Or you’re not losing weight because you’re not sleeping enough? Or you’ve possibly been told you’re always grumpy because you’re tired? 

Well, what if it isn’t really your fault? What if when you turn in for the night, but your body won’t let you stay asleep? 

It does happen, and it can harm your mood, your body, your productivity, and so much more. But, what’s holding you back and keeping you from getting quality sleep? 

Anything Caffeinated

You probably don’t function well without your morning cup of coffee, and honestly, we can’t either, so that’s not the problem. Did you know that caffeine can stay in your system for 3 to 5 hours? 

Yes, you know what we’re going to say, make sure you avoid eating or drinking anything caffeinated about 3 - 5 hours before you hit the hay! 

The Gift of Stress

Okay, let’s tell you about the horrible cycle stress causes: 

  1. You get stressed. 
  2. You can’t sleep. 
  3. You get stressed because you can’t sleep. 
  4. And finally you end up with insomnia, and you’re more stressed than ever before. 

As soon as you start feeling like things are getting too much for you to handle, take a step back, and think about it. If it’s not in your control, then quit worrying about it, but if you can do something about it, then get it done. Stress and no sleep or no stress and sleep, which would you prefer? 

Your Sleeping Environment

Where you put your head down for the night is supposed to be not only the quietest room in your home but also the one with no distractions. So, if you normally watch something to put you to sleep it’s probably keeping you up through the night. It might be time for you to get all electronics out of your bed space too. 

An Aching Back 

Just think about it, when your back hurts you just can’t seem to get comfortable, whether you’re sitting, standing, or lying down, it just throws you off your game. 

Figure out what’s making your back hurt and solve it, you might just have a tight muscle that needs a massage; it’s worth it for a restful night. 


Your hormones can make you happy, sad, and even play a role in how you sleep. There are times when you can’t control your hormones, like pregnancy, menopause, or even PMS, but at least you know the restless nights will end soon. But, if you’re still not able to get to sleep, it’ll be wise to pay your doctor a visit to get your hormones checked, there could be something wrong. 


Ah, the myth that if you’re having trouble getting to sleep, you should have some whiskey or something else alcoholic. This is so far from true, while alcohol may make you feel sleepy, once its effects wear off you’ll be wide awake and pacing the corridor in your home if you want to sleep well, try to save drinking for the weekend. 

Late Night Eating

We understand that life is hectic and eating late can’t always be helped. But, the saying does say “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and supper like a pauper.” There’s wisdom behind the quote, if you eat late it’s likely your body is still trying to digest the food you ate before you went to bed. You might be really hungry and tired, prioritize sleep and eat something light. 

Are you making any of these mistakes and messing up your sleep routine? 

Medical Disclaimer: The information presented on are for general informational purposes only, the writer may not necessarily have medical or scientific training. This information is not reviewed by a physician. Some of these articles may contain information about treatments or the use of a pharmaceutical product that has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment. Results on any service or treatment may vary from person-to-person.

This article should not be considered as medical advice. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional advice from a certified doctor or other qualified healthcare provider. Always speak with a doctor before starting, stopping, or changing any prescribed care or treatment plan. provides this reading material as a helpful resource, but it should never be a substitute for professional medical advice, care, diagnosis or treatment from a medical physician, a certified personal trainer, a therapist, a dietitian, or a nutritionist. If in a medical emergency, call a doctor or dial 911 immediately.