If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, then it’s not only going to be very frustrating for you, but
also extremely damaging to your health. Sleep deprivation is a serious medical problem, and yet many people try to soldier on through their sleeping problems, seeing sleep as a luxury rather than a necessity. If you can’t remember the last time you slept like a baby, here are some of the reasons you may not be getting enough sleep.
You Take Lie-Ins
If you have late nights every Friday, and then sleep well into Saturday morning, then this could be at the root of your sleeping difficulties. Late nights followed by lie-ins can really throw off our body clocks, which are controlled by various nerve cells in the brain which are also closely related to your appetite and body temperature. If you make this a habit, your brain will be expecting you to stay up until the early hours of the morning on Sunday night, making you a zombie by Monday morning. I know that lie-ins are heavenly, but you may need to cut back on them if you want to get a better night’s sleep. Don’t stay in bed more than an hour than you would on a work day, and you should start to notice improvements in your regular sleeping pattern. If you’re feeling drowsy during the day, try to make up for it with a short nap.
Your Hormones Are All Over the Place
When your levels of estrogen or progesterone are fluctuating before or during your time of the month, it can have a huge, detrimental effect on your sleep. If you manage to get to bed straight away but find yourself waking up at odd hours of the night, then this may be the cause of your sleeping issues. A good fix for this issue can be taking a long, hot bath just before you go to sleep, or taking an over-the-counter painkiller. You should also try to avoid any caffeine after midday, and alcohol about two hours before your regular bedtime. As you probably know, there are all kinds of other tricks you can try to get your hormones balanced out. If none of these works, then consider some professional hormone therapy.
You’re Sleeping on The Wrong Kind of Bed
Obviously, you’re going to want to avoid splashing out on a completely new mattress if possible. However, the mattress you’re sleeping on could be the root cause of your sleeping issues. If you’ve eliminated everything else, try getting a custom memory foam mattress, or a more convenient foam mattress in a box. Even if you’ve been having great nights on the mattress you’re currently using, it could be the issue you’re searching for. Our bodies are always changing, and little differences in our muscles and bones that are unnoticeable to us may not be meshing all that well with the mattress you’re sleeping on. Your new mattress may take some getting used to at the start, but give it a chance!