This goes without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway… Sleep is extremely important.Even if you’re eating right and exercising regularly, you can’t have a healthy mind or body if you’re not getting enough sleep. While you sleep, your body is hard at work carrying out all sorts of essential repairs and maintenance. Including repairing the tissues that are damaged in exercise. So you can’t possibly hope to get the gains you expect at the gym if you’re not getting your head down for at least 7 hours each night.
Of course, if you could will yourself to sleep, it’d be easy. If you’ve been struggling to nod off (or to stay asleep) you need to identify the cause so that you can take action. For the good of your health, and your mental well-being. Here are 4 reasons why you may not be getting enough sleep (and what you can do about them)…
Your bedroom is a mess
You may assume that while you’re trying to nod off in the dark, the state of your work is immaterial. But you may be surprised at the profound effect the state of your room can have on your sleep. It can exacerbate anxiety, prevent your thoughts from feeling calm and ordered, and keep the serenity you need to nod off at bay. Try keeping your room extra tidy. You may e surprised by how effective it is.
You’ve spent too long with your face in one device or another
Modern living has us spending an inordinate amount of time with our faces buried in some device or another, whether it’s our smartphones, our tablets, our laptops or our televisions. And all of the above devices emit blue light. Light at this frequency can disrupt the brain’s production of the hormone melatonin, which can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythms and leave you lying awake at night. Try and keep your face out if anything except a good book an hour before bedtime. Or see if your devices have blue light filters.
You’re too hot
We all know the frustration that comes with thrashing around between the covers, feeling all hot and bothered while we’re supposed to be slumbering blissfully. And even if it’s not a balmy evening, you may still find it hard to nod off. Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which you can keep yourself cool at night. Try investing in a cool gel memory foam bed-in-a-box, this can help to prevent you from overheating at night. Or, if your budget is limited, try taking a hot bath around an hour before your intended bedtime. This can help to lower your core temperature so that you don’t get hot and bothered through the night.
You’re anxious or stressed
It’s easy for us to take our workplace stress and anxieties home at the moment. Especially since, for many of us, the home and the workplace are one. The good news is that from decorating your home office to chewing some valerian root to doing a few yoga asanas or simply calling up a friend to have a good long rant, there are all kinds of ways in which you can release that stress valve and sleep soundly at night.