From time to time we will experience trouble getting to, or staying, asleep, with millions of people experiencing sleep difficulties every week and most of us will it be some sort of difficulty sleeping at some point in our lives. Being unable to get to sleep can be highly irritating and quite debilitating as well as leaving you feeling very tired during the day, unable to perform at a level that you should be able to, lacking alertness, experiencing memory loss and also potentially being quite grumpy. The reasons for not being able to sleep are varied and can depend from person to person, with some people that are suffering chronic insomnia, it’s very hard to tell what the reasons are, with others a simple change in lifestyle or sleeping conditions can lead to dramatic improvements in their ability to sleep.
Certain unhealthy lifestyles are often regarded as contributing towards an inability to sleep properly, for example, excessive alcohol use or drug use can have an effect on your sleeping habits and routines. By changing these habits it may be possible to regain a normal level of sleep again, which can dramatically improving your quality of life. It isn’t just a bad lifestyle necessarily that leads to poor sleep, if you’re experiencing excessive amounts of stress in your life then this can also affect your ability to get to sleep, causing you to lie up half the night worrying about it. It isn’t always easy to reduce the stressful factors of our lives, so sometimes we have to try and work around them doing what we can to minimise their effect on our sleep. Other things that can affect our sleep can include illnesses, particularly long-term ones, and any aches and pains that we may have.
Our sleeping conditions are also going to have a potentially large effect on our ability to get to sleep, if where we sleep is noisy, too hot, too cold or too light then these factors can make it difficult for us to get to sleep. If the conditions are wrong such as an uncomfortable bed, then this will make sleeping much harder. If your mattress is getting old or it is misshapen then it can cause you aches and pains whilst you sleep, as well as during the day when you’re awake. These aches and pains will inevitably prevent you from sleeping properly and cause you to wake up frequently during the night, which means very poor quality of sleep, as well as not being able to get to sleep in the first place. By replacing your mattress with one of the better quality, such as a memory foam mattress, you can see vast improvement in your ability to sleep. If the room in which you sleep contains a television, a computer or your phone then there is a temptation to use them before you go to bed, these distractions stimulate your mind and to make it more difficult to sleep.