Why You Have Trouble Falling and Staying Asleep
- by Stephen Touhey
Are you having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep? You’re not alone. Over 70 million American adults are struggling with sleep disorders and insomnia is the most common.
Having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep can be a short term or long term problem and understanding why you may be struggling can open the door to falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer.
When you’re having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep you likely aren’t getting the amount of deep sleep needed to replenish and restore your body. The recommended amount of sleep per night for adults is between 7-9 hours and during that time you’re supposed to go through 4-6 sleep cycles.
A sleep cycle consists of 4 stages. The 1st is when your body is relaxing and your brain slows down. During the 2nd stage your body continues to slow down even deeper so it can enter the 3rd and 4th stages of deep sleep. These are the stages when your mind and body restores and recharges. Without them your health and quality of life may be suffering.
Here we’ll be discussing why you have trouble falling and staying asleep, but find solace that there are plenty of holistic remedies you can try too. There are several herbal supplements that aid with sleep, like valerian root, chamomile, passion flower, and lavender. Since many people who suffer from insomnia are already prescribed medication, it’s important to check with your doctor before taking any herbs to avoid dangerous drug interactions.
Luckily there are many other holistic sleep remedies that don’t run that same risk. A few other remedies to try are acupuncture, inhaling lavender essential oil, keeping a regular sleep schedule, or trying a sleep meditation.
A cutting edge option is to wear a BioActivate deep sleep patch. Thanks to advances in quantum psychics and nanotechnology, scientists have discovered how to charge these patches to correct energetic imbalances in your body. Since we’re made of energy, these little magical patches can encourage our bodies to drift off to dreamland.
Now you know why getting enough sleep is important and you’ve had a taste of the many holistic remedies available. Let’s dive into why you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.
You might have a medical condition
There are many medical conditions that can make you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. These might include side effects from medications, illness, and mental health disorders like anxiety, other sleep disorders, depression, or PTSD.
You may be under a lot of stress
Sometimes you might just have a lot on your plate and at other times you might be dealing with something especially stressful like death of a loved one, moving, divorce, job loss, or dealing with a serious medical condition. Stress is a very common cause of having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.
Your work or social schedule could be to blame
If you work long or irregular hours, routinely stay out late socializing on work nights, or frequently travel across time zones, then your schedule could be keeping you awake. The body’s circadian rhythm is an internal clock that guides many important bodily functions. When this rhythm is disrupted it can lead to having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.
You might have poor sleep habits
Sometimes it’s hard to admit we may be to blame for our poor sleep habits, but acceptance is the path to a good night’s sleep for this one. Habits like eating a lot before bed, having an irregular bedtime schedule, taking long naps during the day, screen time right before bed, and doing energizing activities before bed can all induce insomnia. If this sounds like you, some lifestyle changes might cure your trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.