Part 2: Reasons for Not Sleeping Well

by on May 17th, 2010 at 7:00 am

In this 5 part series I will take you through the sleep process, show you how it affects you, and how you can improve your sleep.

Part 1: Understanding Sleep

Part 2: Reasons for Not Sleeping Well

Part 3: The Effects of Sleeplessness & Poor Sleep

Part 4: Natural Remedies to Help You Sleep

Part 5: Quick Tips for Getting Better Sleep

Part 2: Reasons for Not Sleeping Well

There seems to be a plethora of reasons why people either can’t sleep or don’t get quality sleep, and they range from everyday run-of-the-mill reasons to serious and life-threatening explanations.

-Being uncomfortable is a big one! This can mean the room is too hot or too cold, too loud, or that the bed is too big, too small, too hard, too soft, etc, even your blankets and pillows make a difference.

-Having an irregular sleep routine is another significant factor. Going to bed at the same time of night and performing the same nightly routine (walk the dogs, shower, read for 30 minutes) help get your body ready for sleep, so not keeping a routine can certainly hinder your sleep pattern. Even a partner who has different sleep pattern can affect yours.

-Exercise is another contributing factor. Studies show 30 minutes of daily activity at least 5 hours prior to bed time to aid in both the rate at which people fall asleep and increase the amount of time sleeping. Because a drop in body temperature aids in sound sleep it is important to not exercise too close to your bedtime.

-Eating habits also affect how well you sleep. If you eat too late it can be hard to fall asleep due to increased internal temperatures, but if you go to bed hungry, that can contribute to waking up earlier than desired.

-Cigarettes, alcohol and caffeinated beverages (soda, coffee and tea) all contribute to disruptions in sleep patterns. Both cigarettes and caffeine leave you feeling on edge and cause trouble falling asleep, while alcohol affects sleep patterns and often cause underlying conditions to get worse.

These are just the daily activities that can affect sleep. There are many more serious reasons for sleep disturbances that are not as easily adjusted, including emotional issues, problems at work, stress, excessive anxiety and worry, and depression. In addition, there are health conditions which also play a serious role in sleep like snoring, sleep apnea, sleep walking, nightmares, night terrors, restless leg syndrome and autism.

For women, there are some additional factors that can cause them to get less sleep, or have more disturbed sleep. Hormones play a huge role in sleep and women are affected by both the hormones produced during their monthly menstruation cycle and the decreased estrogen during menopause.

Sleep Tonicis a homeopathic remedy reduces sleeplessness associated with insomnia, and increases drowsiness for better sleep

This article is a Part 2 in our 5 article series on sleep. For more information on sleep and your health see the following posts:

Part 1: Understanding Sleep

Part 2: Reasons for Not Sleeping Well

Part 3: The Effects of Sleeplessness & Poor Sleep

Part 4: Natural Remedies to Help You Sleep

Part 5: Quick Tips for Getting Better Sleep

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