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9 Possible Reasons You’re Struggling To Sleep

If we’re going to be at our sizzling best, then there are few things we need to have. The first is a good 
diet; energy doesn’t come for free! We also need to be clear about our direction in life, and what we’re 
trying to achieve. It’s not easy, but it’s a worthwhile journey. We also need to ensure that we’re well 
rested so that we can take on the day with gusto. Alas, some people find falling asleep to be a 
challenge that they can’t seem to conquer. But if you’re one of these people, then fear not! Below, 
we’ll take a look at some of the reasons why you’re having trouble hitting the land of Nod. Make the 
changes, and you’ll be back at your energetic best in no time.


You’re Not Tired

There’s no such thing as the ideal time to go to bed. There’s only the time that’s right for you! There’s 
little virtue in looking at the clock and thinking “it’s 10 pm, guess it’s time to go to bed!” That’ll only be 
the right course of action if you’re tired at that time. If you’re not, you’re going to be tossing and turning 
in bed, which will not make you fall asleep anytime soon. Instead, only take yourself to bed once you’re 
actually tired. Everything’s much easier if you’re only crawling into the sack when you actually have a 
chance of falling asleep.

Alcohol Intake

Now, there is some truth to the idea that “alcohol makes us fall asleep.” However, while it might help 
you to fall asleep initially, it’s not going to lead to a pleasant, well rested night. See, while alcohol might 
make it easy to close your eyes, the quality of your sleep is going to be severely impaired. You won’t 
reach the deep level of sleep that’s needed to be well-rested come morning time, and indeed may 
even find yourself waking up in the early hours of the morning. If you’re having an alcoholic drink before 
you go to bed in the belief that it’ll lead to a restful night, it’s time to cut it out.

Noise and Light

There are a few things that we biologically need to fall asleep. Back in the olden days, we’d get our 
rest when the sun had set, and there was nothing else for us to do. Now, we have artificial lighting 
everywhere, but our minds can’t tell the difference. If there’s a source of light shining into your room, then make sure that it’s covered up. You might want to go to sleep, but your mind is probably thinking that, since there’s light, there’s a chance that it’s daytime. And noise? Well, that’s just distracting. If you live in an overly noisy street, then consider soundproofing your home - or invest in high-quality ear plugs.

Turning Over Problems

No one has a perfect life. There will always be things that we’re tossing over in our minds. However, 
while it can be good to think about issues - it’s only effective at the right times. You’re not going to get 
very far if you’re trying to find solutions at the same time that you’re trying to fall asleep. Instead, do 
your best to leave any issues you may have away from the bedroom. You won’t be able to do anything 
about them at night anyway - and there’s little point in worrying about unsolvable problems!

Unhealthy Gut

If you’re having trouble falling asleep, then it’s important to be aware that it might not be anything 
external that’s causing the problem: the issue might be inside you. What’s happening in your good 
can have a big impact on how easy you find it to fall asleep, and the overall quality of your sleep, too. 
Indeed, a BBC documentary by Dr Michael Mosley found that prebiotics are effective in improving 
sleep. If you’re not getting enough fibre in your diet, take a read of What Protein inulin. Aside from 
many other benefits, it’ll ensure you’re more readily able to hit the land of nod once you’re in bed.


Chaotic Room

Our minds react to what’s going on around them. If you have a chaotic room, then it’ll be no surprise 
if your mind is also chaotic. It might sound simple, but by getting your room all straightened out, you’ll 
be able to better process the thoughts of your mind. And in any case, it’s much nicer to wake up in an  
organised space rather than one that’s got clothes, and other junk spread all over it.

Too Much Tech

Technology has, for sure, made the world a better place. But there is such a thing as too much tech, 
and this is especially true when it comes to sleep. Our minds are not designed to process so much 
buzzing, lights, sound, and everything else that goes along with smartphones, tablets, and laptops. 
Experts suggest that you avoid all screen time in the two hours before you hit the hay. Your mind will 
be calmer and more clear; exactly the things you need to fall asleep.

Just Right

Let’s move on from our minds for a second; what about the body? If you’re too hot, or too cold, then 
your body will not be able to reach the level of tranquillity that it needs to fall asleep. It’s a bit like 
needing the toilet; if something isn’t quite right, then your body is going to keep on nagging you until it 
gets what it needs. In this case, more or less heat.

Afternoon Coffee

You might think that you need that extra cup of coffee to get through the last couple of hours of work, 
but it’s worth keeping in mind just what all that caffeine is doing to your nervous system. A cup of 
coffee can stay in your system for up to twelve hours. If you’re drinking it at 3 pm, don’t be surprised if 
by midnight you’re still in a state of alertness.

Doing any of the above? Make the changes today!

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