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7 Reasons Why You Can’t Sleep Well And How To Deal With It

7 Reasons Why You Can’t Sleep Well And How To Deal With It

If you haven’t been sleeping well, you’re not alone. 30-40% of adults experience symptoms of insomnia, says the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health. There are plenty of reasons you may not be sleeping well. Here are 7 of the most common.

1. You’re not exercising enough.

Research shows that exercising regularly can help ease anxiety so you sleep better. And contrary to popular belief, exercising late at night will not disturb your sleep quality. Aim for some type of exercise (even if it’s only 15 minutes) most days of the week.

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2. You’re looking at the clock too much.

Clockwatching” can result in unhealthy sleep patterns. It’s a common problem: you wake up in the middle of the night, usually around the same time, and think about how much sleep you have left before that alarm clock goes off. Here’s an idea to counter this: turn your clock around, don’t check your phone in the middle of the night, and focus on not looking at a clock until you hear the sound of your alarm.

3. You’re too stressed.

Stress is one of the most common reasons you can’t sleep. Going to bed with a head full of thoughts about your bad day at work, a tough family situation, or financial stresses can put a big-time strain on your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Here are a few ways to reduce your stress levels so you can sleep better:

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  • Burn off some steam by exercising.
  • Keep a journal by your bedside and write out your stressful thoughts to get them off your chest.
  • Meditate, do some light yoga, or try progressive muscle relaxation.
  • Listen to soft music or read a light-hearted book in bed before you go to sleep.

4. You’re distracted by gadgets in your bedroom.

For many of us, checking our phone is the first thing we do when we wake up and the last thing we do before we go to bed. Technology makes our lives more efficient, for the most part. But if you can’t sleep well, try banning technology from your bedroom. That includes your television too. One study found that watching television in your bedroom is often a major cause of sleep problems.

5. Your sleep patterns are erratic.

Getting to bed and waking up at the same time every day is one of the most important things you can do to establish a consistent sleeping pattern. If you’re accustomed to staying up until the wee hours of the morning on weekends, this can seriously impact your sleep during the week. Napping at the wrong time may be another reason you can’t sleep well. If you’re a napper, make sure you’re not dozing off for more than 30 minutes at a time. And reserve your naps for 2 to 3 p.m., which is the best time to get a quick snooze in.

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6. You’re drinking too much caffeine late in the day.

For many of us, getting that morning jolt of caffeine from our coffee or tea is crucial. However, drinking too much caffeine can keep you up at night. So limit your java drinking to the morning. Avoid drinking coffee, tea, soda or other caffeine-laden drinks later in the day (unless it’s chamomile tea, which can actually help you sleep).

7. Your room isn’t dark enough.

To sleep well, your bedroom should be dark. Any light, whether it’s from your television, windows, phone, or other device, is affecting your ability to sleep well. That’s because your body may reduce its production of melatonin, the hormone that aids in sleep, when it senses light around you (even when you’re sleeping). So invest in some light-blocking window treatments, and shut those electronics off.

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Scott Christ is a writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Pure Food Company.

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Last Updated on October 6, 2020

6 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Life

6 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Life

Is it time to make some changes in your life? It just might be. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.

Here are some signs it’s time to change your life.

1. Every week, you cannot wait for Friday.

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    Fridays are fun, but one thing I’ve discovered in my quest to find and do work I absolutely love is that almost every day can be really fun. If you’re saving all your living for the weekends, it’s time to truly think about your lifestyle and consider making some changes. Don’t get me wrong; it’s great to have plans you look forward to on the weekends, but what if you could have that excited Friday feeling most, if not all, days of the week? It takes a lot of self-discovery and work, but it’s truly possible to live a life you love—even on Mondays.

    2. You live for your vacations.

    Vacations are great, but what’s even better is building a life you don’t need to take a vacation from. As Seth Godin said, “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” Vacations are fun and exciting, but even better is building a life where you have the potential to do what lights you up many weeks of the year, not just your two allotted vacation weeks.

    3. When you stop and think about it, you’re really not focusing your life on your priorities.

    Write down your 3 top priorities. Then write down the 3 things you focus most of your life on. Are you spending your time living your top priorities? Consistently spending time doing what matters most to you is one of the keys to feeling fulfilled in your life. If you’re not focusing your life on what’s important to you, it’s time to make some changes.

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    4. You have no idea what lights you up, and you don’t have the space in your life to discover it.

    If you haven’t found your passion in your current life, you’re not going to find it if you continue to do your same routine, over and over, year after year. In order to discover what lights you up, start by creating the space in your life to seek it. Give yourself time to figure out who you are, what your strengths are, and what picques your interest. Experiment with learning new things, spending time with inspiring people, and doing more of what excites you and less of the things that suck your energy.

    5. You’re frequently jealous.

    If you find yourself frequently feeling jealous of someone, there are 3 changes to consider making:

    1. Make a point to focus on your path instead of his or her journey. Sometimes this involves taking a break from social media.
    2. Get inspired from the person you’re jealous of, and work toward a similar goal in your life.
    3. Decide what the other person has is not something you are willing to put in the effort to achieve, so you’ll cheer him or her on but choose to not be jealous.

    When you are feeling jealous, consider why you want what the other person has, and what your motives are. Living a life on your terms, focused on your priorities, passions, and strengths, will provide you with much more fulfillment than trying to be somebody else.

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    6. You can’t remember the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone.

    According to Neale Donald Walsch, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Your life can become even more amazing if you stretch beyond your comfort zone. If you’re not sure where to start, try the tips in this article about small ways to step out of your comfort zone.

    Life is too short to spend your years not living to your full potential. If you decide you’re ready to change your life, I encourage you to start taking small action steps toward the life you want to live. Keep moving forward.

    Check out this video if you’re ready to make a change in life:

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