I can’t sleep. I know there are worse problems in the world but for a person that loves rest and relaxation this is a major bummer. I can fall asleep no problem and let’s be honest what mom isn’t tired AF at the end of the day, but I only stay asleep for a few hours at a time. I have been to my doc and he says I just need to relax more. No s#%^.
So What’s the Culprit?
Stress. Concerns about work, school, health or family can keep your mind active at night, making it difficult to sleep.
Anxiety. Everyday anxieties as well as more-serious anxiety disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, may disrupt your asleep. Worry about being able to go to sleep can make it harder to fall asleep.
Depression. You might either sleep too much or have trouble sleeping if you’re depressed. Insomnia often occurs with other mental health disorders as well.
Medical conditions. If you have chronic pain, breathing difficulties or a need to urinate frequently, you might develop insomnia. Examples of conditions linked with insomnia include arthritis, cancer, heart failure, lung disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), overactive thyroid, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Change in your environment or work schedule. Travel or working a late or early shift can disrupt your body’s circadian rhythms, making it difficult to sleep. Your circadian rhythms act as an internal clock, guiding such things as your sleep-wake cycle, metabolism and body temperature.
Poor sleep habits. Poor sleep habits include an irregular sleep schedule, stimulating activities before bed, an uncomfortable sleep environment, and use of your bed for activities other than sleep or sex.
Medications. Many prescription drugs can interfere with sleep, including some antidepressants, heart and blood pressure medications, allergy medications, stimulants (such as Ritalin), and corticosteroids. Many over-the-counter (OTC) medications — including some pain medication combinations, decongestants and weight-loss products — contain caffeine and other stimulants.
Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Coffee, tea, cola and other caffeine-containing drinks are well-known stimulants. Drinking coffee in the late afternoon and later can keep you from falling asleep at night. Nicotine in tobacco products is another stimulant that can cause insomnia. Alcohol is a sedative that may help you fall asleep, but it prevents deeper stages of sleep and often causes you to awaken in the middle of the night.
Eating too much late in the evening. Having a light snack before bedtime is OK, but eating too much may cause you to feel physically uncomfortable while lying down, making it difficult to get to sleep. Many people also experience heartburn, a backflow of acid and food from the stomach into the esophagus after eating, which may keep you awake.
I can check a yes on at least half of those. Who doesn’t have stress and anxiety? And I do like to enjoy my libations most evenings (this is the suburbs after all). But I think the big culprit is poor sleep habits. I love, love, love to watch my Bravo and I’m never far from my ereader, tablet, laptop and/or phone and I love to do this in my Cal-King. Verdict? Not good. When I heard that blue light from your devices can lead to insomnia, yada, yada, yada = more anxiety. So incorporated some suggestions like an e-curfew (operation unplugging) has helped.
But I’m a die hard bookworm and I can’t give up my ereader. I have made one concession and that is wearing the *Retro Eyeworks Beverly Computer Glasses. I originally picked these up because my eyes were bugging when I was working a deadline and never left my desk. These glasses are tinted and meant to shield your eyes from computer glare and they really alleviated my eye strain. An added bonus is that they also help shield my peepers from the dreaded blue light. I dig the retro look, but you can easily find some nondescript wayfarer type too. I’m also using my *Kindle Paperwhite at night now versus my *iPad because it meant less eye strain for me.
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