Have you had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep lately? Good thing you came here! We will tell you how to get better sleep and how certain sleeping disorders can affect your sleep.
Why am I not Getting Quality Sleep?
There are a number of reasons as to why you may not be getting quality sleep. It can range anywhere from sleeping disorders to how much you ate before you went to bed. Some various sleeping disorders were discussed in one of our earlier blog posts, “Sleep Problems”, and can affect your sleep and how you feel when you wake up. More likely reasons, as to why you aren’t getting quality sleep that aren’t sleeping disorders, are:
- Drank too much Alcohol before Bed
- Drank too much Caffeine in the Afternoon
- It’s too warm/bright in your room
- Napped too close to bedtime
- Ate too much before bed
- Used your phone right before Bed
There are just a few of many causes as to why you aren’t getting quality sleep, but let’s get into it!
Drank Too Much Before Bed
Drinking too much of anything before bed will hinder your ability to get good sleep. Having a full stomach can hurt and can decrease your ability to sleep well at night. It is especially bad if you drink alcohol or caffeine before bed. This is because alcohol can interrupt your sleep and can also cause you to snore as it acts as a muscle relaxant. Caffeine before bed is more self-explanatory. As a chemical, caffeine keeps you up which will, of course, keep you up and interrupt your sleep.
Being stressed can cause short-term problems with sleep quality. This is because you are too worried and worked up with other things that you are having trouble winding down and relaxing. Stressed was used to keep us alive in the early stages of human evolution and chronic stress can be bad for many other things aside from sleep. Relaxing for a bit and doing your best to get rid of stress will help make you feel significantly better physically and will be much better for you in the long run, but that is much easier said than done.
Your Room isn’t Dark/Cold Enough
It’s easiest to get good sleep when your room is dark and cool. If you take a shower right before bed too, that can cause problems with your sleep also. This is because your body temperature decreases as you go through certain stages in the sleep cycle, so increasing your body temperature can make it longer to go through certain sleep stages or to just fall asleep.
Napped too Close to Bedtime
Napping in the afternoon is a dangerous game to play. It can either make you feel well rested or cause you to not be able to fall asleep at night. This is because your body is already rested and doesn’t see the need to sleep more.
Ate too Much Before Bed
As discussed in the drinking section, having a full stomach can make it take longer to fall asleep. This is because your body is trying to digest all of that food and it is also giving you energy which can postpone your body’s need for sleep. Also, it just hurts sometimes to eat a lot before bed and roll over, never fun.
Used Phone too Close to Bedtime
It isn’t limited to just your phone but extends to tablets, laptops, desktops, etc. These devices emit blue light which suppresses your melatonin production. This causes your brain to think that it’s daytime which makes your body not feel like sleeping. Also, looking at stuff online can just make you start to think more which can also cause you to not sleep.