By Sally Santos
We all have gone through this. We have had a long day and we can’t wait to get in to bed to rest. But the moment you rest your head on the pillow you find yourself wide awake and staring at the ceiling. So then you ask yourself “why can’t I fall asleep?” Consider these 5 questions:
Do you take your phone to bed?
- We spend all day with our phones tending to every notification that we receive. That can become a habit. So when you bring your phone to bed and you see your phones light up you are going to want to see what it is. So every night before you go to bed try to keep your phone away from your bed or at least set it on Do Not Disturb Mode. This ensures that your phone won’t ring for every notification
How much caffeine are you drinking?
- If you are someone who consumes a lot of caffeine during the day and find yourself not being able to sleep at night consider consuming less caffeine or stop completely.
What do you do during the evening?
- Avoid having a late meal. If you eat right before you go to bed that might keep you awake because your body is working on digesting your food.
- If you are someone who works out try working out earlier because after you work out you may have increased energy and that may prevent you from sleeping at night.
- If possible try avoiding difficult conversations before bed.
How are you using your bed?
- If you are someone who works or studies in bed, you may be confusing your body. Instead of your body associating your bed as a place for rest it is associating it as a place of work.
Is there something specific that you are worried about?
- Maybe you are going through a stressful situation and the thought of it is keeping you up at night. Try learning a relaxation method such as breathing gently or meditation.
- If the situation is serious seek professional help you problem-solve the situation. You might be helped by relaxation techniques, hypnosis or sleep medication.
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