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10 Reasons You Aren’t Sleeping at Night

Posted by on August 8, 2015 in Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

Lisa Fogarty | SheKnows


When you're exhausted but can't sleep, it's not just the universe torturing you.

We've all been there. It's 3 a.m., we have an important meeting the next morning, we're completely exhausted and the sleep gods have chosen that evening to torture our souls.

It comes without warning and, while you're struggling to fight them and get your Zs, the anxiety you begin to feel as you realize the following day is going to be longer and more arduous than usual only perpetuates the problem.

More: The 7 stages of lying in bed awake when all you want to do is sleep

As with any health issue you're facing, you have to identify the culprit and nip it in the bud. You already know that the source of your sleeplessness isn't utter exhaustion, so we'll rule that out. Chances are you'll probably identify with one of these 10 common reasons why you aren't sleeping at night.

1. Stress

The root of all evil. When we're stressed during the day, it isn't a piece of cake to turn it off when the lights go out. The brain keeps going. And going. And, at 1 a.m., it's likely not going to a place worth visiting. Unfortunately, there is no easy solution to this one. You're going to have to pinpoint the source of your stress and tackle it — while the sun is up — so that you can rest easily at night.

2. Your spouse

Our husbands and partners are usually a source of comfort in the middle of the night, but they can be a serious hindrance to our sanity — and sleep — if they snore. If your husband has no intention of sleeping on his back, or simply doesn't find that position comfortable, consider purchasing him a body pillow that will keep him in a side position that encourages less snoring.

More: 8 Sleeping positions that reveal a lot about your relationship

3. You sleep in

You've had a difficult week and you deserve a break on Saturday morning. But, if sleeping at night proves a constant struggle, you'd be better off treating yourself with a morning run or breakfast out than by sleeping in. If you don't maintain a consistent sleep schedule every day, even on the weekends, your body may suffer in the long run and decide to take its revenge out on you Sunday night.

More: 13 Annoying things that happen when you're trying to sleep

4. Your bed has become your home and office

Experts say your bed should be the place where you engage in everybody's favorite two S activities: sleep and sex. That's it. If you're using your bed to conduct business meetings, eat lunch and read, you're going to find it more difficult to wind down at the end of the day and find comfort in a place that is usually a hotbed (bad pun) of activity.

5. You feast right before bed

We all know we're not supposed to eat after 7 p.m. for reasons that have to do with carbs, fat and all that boring stuff. But, an even better reason not to snack — or if you're truly starving, choose something extremely light and void of carbs — is that it is going to affect your digestive system and could cause heartburn.


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