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Reasons why you can’t fall asleep at night

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 06, 2016
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  • Sleeplessness can be a real problem for functioning during the day.
  • Women may be experiencing hormonal changes.
  • Drinking alcohol just before bedtime could be another cause.
  • Too much thinking at night could cause sleeplessness.

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Insomnia is a terrible thing to happen to anyone. When you can’t sleep at night, you tend to have a bad day the following morning, simply because you are fatigued and tired. The reason for your trouble falling asleep could be many; however, studies are now showing clear links between inadequate sleep and obesity, as well as several related conditions: heart disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. But experts suggest that getting adequate sleep can help you to reverse these conditions. So it is vital that you know the reasons why you can’t sleep at night and at the same time understand how to fall asleep or get some tips to fall asleep fast.

 

 

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Here are some reasons and what you could do to change them.

 

 

Stream of thought

Many people lay awake at night thinking and worrying, and this causes them trouble falling asleep. A good way to change this is by letting your troubles stay away from your bed. When you are finally going to sleep at night, remember not to carry any troubles. Just free your mind and you will soon fall deep into sleep.

 

 

The lights in your room

A very basic problem, this can happen to most of us. When your room is not completely devoid of lights, then it is possible that you are having problems to fall asleep. Some days we feel tired but can’t sleep, and this could be a good reason why. Make sure that you have kept your room completely dark, pull all the drapes and sleep soundly.

 

 

Exercising too late

Of all the tips to fall asleep fast, here is one that will surely be of great help. Do not exercise too late, finish your exercises latest by late afternoon. If you exercise within three hours of trying to sleep, you’ll over-stimulate your metabolism, and raise your heart rate, causing restlessness and frequent awakenings throughout the night.

 

 

Drinking alcohol too late

We tend to have fun over the weekend, but this can cost us our sleep. It is commonly perceived that alcohol is a sleep inducer, but the truth is that it actually interferes with REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. This means that you will feel more tired the next morning. For that short period of time you will be sleeping well, but that is just the external show, not the entire truth. What you are experiencing is stages 1 and 2 of sleep, not the 3 and 4, which are the more important ones.

 

 

Hormonal change

Women who can’t fall asleep may be experiencing fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone before or during their period or throughout peri-menopause. This can sabotage sleep. You may notice problems—mainly waking up during the night—long before you start having hot flashes. A hot bath before hitting the bed can make help you to sleep.

 


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