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