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What To Do When You’re Not Sleeping Well

Tossing and turning throughout the night can be extremely frustrating. There are a ton of factors that can cause sleep disruption and sometimes they’re hard to identify. In order to get a better nights sleep, it’s important to determine the cause and then figure out an effective way to fix it. Below are some reasons why you might not be sleeping well, along with what you can do to combat them.

You’re drinking alcohol before bed

There’s no shame in having a few beers with dinner or even splitting a glass of wine with your partner over a movie. The problem sets in when you drink too close to bedtime. Initially, you’ll feel very relaxed as you begin drinking, which can even put you to sleep quicker. Alcohol however interferes with your sleep cycle and hurts the quality of your REM sleep. If you’re drinking even one glass before you hit the hay, you might want to re-think that.

It’s too hot or too cold

The ideal room temperature for sleep is 60-67 degrees. If you’re not sleeping well, your room might be too hot or too cold. It’s especially common in the summertime for people to shut the thermostat off and open up the windows for some fresh air. If it’s 70 degrees out, that fresh air isn’t going to do much good for your sleep. Try sleeping with a fan to make it cooler or a space heater if it’s too cold. Something as simple as this could be the reason you’re not sleeping well.

If you’re too stressed out you won't sleep well either

Stress is something that everyone is bound to experience at one time or another. Unfortunately, it can take a toll on our bodies as well as our sleep quality. If you’re not sleeping well, you might be distracted by worrisome thoughts and anxiety about future events. If something important is about to happen in your life, the only thing you can do is prioritize your tasks to keep yourself organized and find time during the day to worry. You can even try taking a warm bath or performing yoga or meditation before it’s time to settle in for the night. 

You’re drinking coffee too late

Coffee drinkers are crazy people. It’s more common than your would think for someone who loves coffee to start making a pot at 9:00pm. Of course, this is going to adversely impact your sleep, but coffee even in the early afternoon is going to keep you awake longer than you’d typically like. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try drinking only your morning cup of coffee and then cutting yourself off for the rest of the day.

Your partner is bothering your sleep

It’s nice to sleep with someone next to you for comfort and security, but if they kick, steal the covers, or snore too much, it could be the reason you’re not sleeping well. If this is the case, a bigger bed or a breathe-right strip could be the answer to all your problems.

If you’re not sleeping well, you should also take a good look at your diet, exercise routine, and even the mattress you’re sleeping on. Because there are so many factors that can adversely impact your sleep quality, it’s important to identify what’s keeping you up, and what’s the source of the problem. If nothing you do works, check in with your doctor, there could be an underlying condition that can be fixed with the right treatment.