7 Reasons Why You Can’t Sleep

African American man insomniaDo you find yourself tossing and turning at night trying to fall asleep? Or perhaps you fall asleep easily only to wake up hours before your alarm is set to go off.  Whether you experience a sleepless night occasionally or almost every night, it is not normal. Sleep is one of the most important factors in living a healthy lifestyle. Without adequate sleep each night, your overall health and well-being becomes jeopardized.

Lack of sleep may contribute to your inability to concentrate and even make important decisions. Sleep, diet, and exercise are the basic foundation for a healthy lifestyle. You should aim to sleep at least 7 hours a night along with eating a nutritious diet and performing moderate exercise daily.

Getting a good night’s sleep may be easier said than done. I have spent many years dealing with sleep disorders, which have negatively impacted my every day activities and work.  I have spent a lot of time trying to find solutions for my insomnia and have finally found what works best for me. Before I was able to come up with the solutions that helped me sleep better, I decided to look at the underlying problems.

Here are the top seven reasons why you can’t sleep and how to fix them.

1. Stress

I can’t tell you how many times I have stayed up late at night thinking about all the things I had to do the next day. Sometimes this leads me to think about all the things I have to do three weeks or even months from today.  I find myself stressing out about things that I cannot deal with at that moment.  Stress and worry is something I’m sure you deal with on a daily basis. However, you need to find ways to manage and cope with stress so that you do not spend your nights overthinking.

If I find myself stressed out at night, the first thing I do is take a deep breath.  Next, if I can’t seem to stop my thoughts, I start writing. Whether I write a to-do list or just jot down a few thoughts, I am able to vent to myself and think a little more clearly. If I still feel overwhelmed, I take another deep breath, close my eyes, and attempt to meditate. Meditating can help clear your head space and make you feel more at ease.