What’s Keeping You From a Good Night’s Sleep?

August 7, 2013

Healthy Life

Finding the cause of your sleeplessness is challenging. Here are the most common reasons why people can’t sleep soundly.

Stress and Anxiety


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There are many things which can keep you up at night like concerns about your friends, family, work issues, and school. If you are anxious about exams, or have a presentation to give at work, you may think about it too much, causing you to lose sleep over it.

Upcoming events, such as weddings, the birth of child, court appearances, and planned hospital stays can also create anxiety. Losing your job, home, and family are also stressful situations that keep most people up at night. The best thing to do is talk about your stress and anxiety with others so that it’s not on your mind.

Smoking, Drinking Coffee, and Consuming Alcohol

If you are coping with your stress and anxiety by smoking or consuming alcohol, it may contribute to your sleeplessness. Nicotine, in cigarettes, is a stimulant which might affect your sleep, and alcohol is known to interfere with your normal sleep cycle. In particular, it affects the deeper stages of sleep, and causes you to wake up in the middle of the night.

If drinking too much is causing you to lose sleep, and develop health issues, it’s time to seek help. A private alcohol rehab center can help reduce your dependency on alcohol.

Caffeine is another stimulant that affects sleep. Drinking coffee late in the afternoon, or at night will most likely keep you awake. Drinking other products with caffeine, such as coke and energy drinks, have stimulating effects as well. Avoid consuming these products before going to sleep.

Medical Conditions that Affect Sleep

The next thing to consider is that there is something seriously wrong with your body. Many illnesses cause sleeplessness including lung disease, chronic pain, gastroesophageal reflux disease, overactive thyroid, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Urinary conditions that cause you to get up at night often to use the rest room affects sleep as well. By treating these conditions, your sleep may improve.


Another cause of restless nights include medications. Some of the drugs which affect sleep include antidepressants, stimulants, allergy medications, corticosteroids, blood pressure medications, and several over the counter medications including pain medications, decongestants, and weight loss products. Antihistamines may worsen urinary problems leading to more frequent urination during the night.

Change in Your Environment or Work Schedule

If the surrounding neighborhood is noisy, or if you moved to a new place that is not comfortable, your sleep quality will suffer. Some things you can do to reduce the noise include wearing ear plugs, or putting up sound proofing material in the home. Changing work schedules affect sleep as well, especially if you have to work at night. Other issues which may affect your sleep include new house guests, and having a baby.

If you can’t sleep for days on end, it’s time to do something about it. Long-term sleeplessness isn’t normal, and it’s important to treat this as soon as possible.

What’s Keeping You From a Good Night’s Sleep?

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