Lack of sleep is plain old frustrating. Not catching enough z's stops the body from recharging and restoring energy for the daylight hours ahead. Often, we feel tired and sleepy in the late afternoon and cannot wait to get into bed, but when the time comes, your mind starts racing!
Insomnia is a serious issue and here are 5 unobvious reasons why you might not be falling asleep when you should be and how to tackle the problems:
You’re Not Sleeping In Natural Materials
Sleeping in man-made fibres does not support your body’s natural functions and can often cause an unsettled night’s sleep – this includes all bed linen and pyjamas. Make sure you use 100% natural materials.
You’re On Your Phone Or Laptop In Bed
Technology is too stimulating for the brain and puts the mind into flight or fight mode. The few hours before bed should be a time to unwind and start to connect back to the body. Remove all electrical items from your bedside table and try getting a battery-operated alarm without a flashing light.
You're Still Thinking About Your Day
Another unobvious reason why you're not sleeping well is that you haven't warmed up your body and let go of your day – take a hot shower or bath at least an hour before bed. The water acts as a cleanser not just for your body but for your mind.
Another way to off-load is to keep a journal. This will help you clear your mind allowing your body to switch off. Remember the mind if the control station for the body!
You’re Eating Dinner Too Late
The body needs to be vertical to support best digestion. If you go to bed too quickly after dinner you are weakening your digestive system and disturbing your sleep. Make sure you eat your dinner earlier and try to make breakfast and lunch your main meals. If this is inconvenient, try going for a stroll after dinner if you are going to bed soon after!
You're Not Drinking The Right Tea Before Bed
Peppermint is a natural stimulant. It’s a good digestive aid after a meal but less so towards the end of your day. Try to make your last drink something soothing like Camomile. Certainly no black tea, coffee or fizzy drinks as they're loaded with caffeine!
Try introducing these simple tips to your night time routine, and start to have restful sleeps and wake up recharged and energetic in the mornings!
3 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Sleep:
• Man is the only mammal that willingly delays sleep.
• The higher the altitude, the greater the sleep disruption.
• Divorced, widowed and separated people report more insomnia.