If you are like many people in the world, you have troubles sleeping. Whether it is actually getting to sleep that is the problem, or staying asleep, many are afflicted by a lack of sleep, which can affect our performance then next day in many ways. There are a few reasons why you could be having this sleep pattern that is less than desirable.
The first thing to look at would be a sleep disorder. Talk to your doctor about what kind of sleep problems you are experiencing, such as waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep. They may either prescribe a sleep aid or may send you for a sleep study to see if there is an underlying issue such as sleep apnea.
If you don’t have a specific sleep disorder, you could have another disorder that is causing your lack of sleep indirectly such as depression, indigestion, or bipolar disorder. All of these can disrupt your sleep pattern in a very different way. The biggest culprit is stress. When you are stressed you are not going to be able to sleep as well.
If your doctor can’t find any causes for your sleep habits, try looking at your environment. Is there too much noise when you are trying to sleep? Too much light entering your bedroom? Black out curtains and white noise machines can come in handy when you find that your sleeping space is less than ideal. Don’t eat a heavy meal or exercise before bed as these can cause you to have sleep troubles.
When you do have issues falling asleep, get up out of bed and do something relaxing like a puzzle. This will take your mind off of the fact that you cannot sleep. Put the phone and the computer away, at least half an hour before you doze off. The light from the screens can trick your body into thinking that it is still time to be awake.