Sunday, 12 June 2016

Things You Are Unaware of That Might Be Affecting Your Sleep



How many times have you been tossing and turning in the bed, waiting for sleep? Is it like once you are sleepy and the next moment, when you go to bed, it all goes away?

Well, you are definitely not alone in it, and, you would be surprised to know about the statistics about insomnia. Though it might not show any serious health problem now, apart from the stubborn dark circles and a heavy head all day. But, in the long term, this may cause some serious health problems.

There are a lot of things which you are not aware of, but they might be the culprits in hiding, and, most of them are your lifestyle habits.

Here is a list of things that are interrupting your sleep.

Caffeine

You might want to keep a check on the number of times you take coffee or tea or soda throughout the day. The number of times you take coffee or tea should be two. Drinking these beverages later in the day keeps you from falling asleep at night as these act as stimulants.

Irregular Sleep Habits

If you don't follow a regular sleep habit, that is, if you don't go to sleep at a fixed time everyday then there is a chance of you to develop insomnia. You should include sleep in your schedule and try to be consistent with it. Also, try not to involve in stimulating activities before you go to bed.

Gadgets

We do understand how important it is to tweet or check the inboxes one last time in the day. But, checking your laptops and mobiles in your bed is messing with your sleep. Avoid using your phone or any gadget when you go to bed. Try to keep them as far from you as possible. 

Alcohol

Taking an excess of alcohol might make you feel drowsy at first, but, there are adverse long term effects of alcohol on your health, and Insomnia is one of them. 

Stress

There might be a lot of pressure in your personal or professional front. That is, for sure messing with your sleep. This is something most of us go through, but, getting some sleep in-spite of it, is of utmost necessity. Try to leave the worries outside your bedroom and relax when you are in bed.

Depression

Depression and anxiety are the two important factors behind sleeplessness. If enough attention is not paid then it may lead to chronic insomnia. If you notice signs of depression (feeling of  sadness, loss of interest, tiredness) and face problems falling asleep, check with a doctor immediately.

Aging

As we grow old, we are likely to face troubles falling asleep. This is mostly due to the decrease in melatonin production by our body. Melatonin is a hormone which controls our sleep and wake up cycles. As we grow older, there is a decrease in its production resulting to sleep troubles. If so happens, ask your doctor for melatonin supplements.

Medications

If none of the above causes apply to you then it might be any of your ongoing medications. Certain medicines contain substances that mess with your sleep. Check with the doctor, he will be able to help you with it.   

    

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