Are you struggling to get to sleep no matter how tired you are? Or, do you wake up in the middle of the night unable to fall asleep again?
You are not alone, roughly 40 to 50% of people have trouble sleeping. Yup, that many!
Why are so many of us battling with insomnia? Well, stress is usually the most common reason for not sleeping, but it is definitely not the only one. Some surprising lifestyle habits can get in the way of a good night’s sleep. The room you’re sleeping in, what you’ve done that day and even how early you’ve turned in, can all interfere with your snooze ability. A study from St Lawrence University in the US. shows that people sleeping in messy rooms take longer to fall asleep!
Here’s the thing, despite the fact that you’re dead tired due to lack of sleep, insomnia can cause a host of health conditions if left untreated. Insufficient sleep affects your mood, judgement, memory and focus. In fact, less than 7 hours of sleep every day will increase your cortisol, blood sugar, and insulin levels which in turn will increase your appetite and make your body store fat. Yikes!
The good news is that sleep can be restored with a few lifestyle changes.
If you have tried all of the above lifestyle changes and still suffer from insomnia, contact your health practitioner.
DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.