Posted on April 04 2016
Many people will spend tonight lying awake in bed, unable to drift off to sleep. And when the frustrating event of not being able to fall asleep occurs, you might feel as if you’re the only person left awake on the planet. But it happens to the best of us.
So instead of beating yourself up over not being able to fall asleep, maybe you need to look at what exactly is keeping you up. So we’ve rounded up the most common things that could be preventing you from catching some Z’s.
Late Night Coffee
The most obvious culprit is drinking caffeinated drinks to close to bedtime, as your body needs at least seven hours to remove caffeine from your body. So if you can't sleep, you should consider skipping your afternoon and late night coffees — or at least switch to decaf.
If you’re overworked and stressed out, your brain won’t be able to properly shut down before bed, which can leave you tossing and turning all night. If you’re feeling stressed out, you could try writing down what’s bothering you before you go to bed, which could help you relax.
Going on Your Phone
The glowing light from your phone screen can interrupt the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. You should turn off all bright-lit screens at least an hour before you go to sleep.
Sleeping with socks on can be annoying, but it’s actually a great way to regulate your body temperature, which is important for getting a good night sleep.
So tonight when you’re starting to unwind before bed, monitor your caffeine intake, de-clutter your mind, put your phone away and put on a pair of awesome socks and you’ll get a better nights sleep.