Why can’t I sleep? Five possible causes (and as many solutions)

Have you ever been unable to fall asleep and stayed up all night?

If you often ask yourself “Why can’t I sleep?” or “Why am I more tired when I wake up than when I go to bed?”, know that you are not alone.

According to the latest findings of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine (AIMS), 12 million Italians suffer from sleep disorders.

There are several potential reasons why someone might have trouble sleeping; any of these can make good sleep more elusive than half-forgotten dreams.

If you regularly struggle to fall asleep or sleep the famous eight hours straight, it’s probably something you’re doing (or even not doing) that’s to blame.

Here are possible reasons why you can’t sleep.

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It seems like a paradox, but excessive fatigue can create problems sleeping at night.

The right amount of sleep is essential for overall health. Unfortunately, most of us do not sleep close to eight hours a night, which can cause various problems.

But is it really possible to be too tired to sleep? Yeah.

After a hard day, the body continues to produce excess adrenaline. The problem, however, is that you are often tired, really very tired, but only mentally.

It’s ideal then, if you can’t sleep, to do some movement to reduce adrenaline and promote sleep. But be careful: never do sports five hours before bed or you will get the opposite effect.

Include physical activity in your routine or schedule it for a few hours if you usually go to the gym at dinner time.

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Those with anxiety or depression often have trouble sleeping.

Sleep and anxiety are actually closely related: if you have trouble sleeping, your anxiety may increase and, conversely, if you have high anxiety, you may have trouble sleeping.

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Irregular habits and an unregulated lifestyle damage circadian rhythms.

Staying up late and having an irregular routine can have a negative impact on sleep (or rather, the lack of it). Napping later in the day can also make it harder to fall asleep at night.

And if you’re a fan of midnight snacking, don’t be surprised to find yourself awake staring at the ceiling.

A large amount of fat or protein before bed, or a spicy meal, can lead to disturbances in the digestive system, making it difficult to sleep and potentially causing heartburn.

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If “I can’t sleep” is usually followed by “I’m so stressed,” then you’ve already solved the mystery of lost sleep yourself.

During the day, the activities of the day are likely to distract you, but when you go to bed, your mind starts to wander. And for most people, the mind does not wander to the positive aspects of their life, but to the negative.

How many times has it happened to you that you feel sleepy, that your eyelids droop uncontrollably, and when you go to bed, your eyes open wide, you start playing various disturbing movies in your head, from which your heart begins to beat rapidly and sleep becomes more and more distant from you?! We know that you know the feeling.

This often prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep.

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Exposure to light before going to bed compromises sleep quality, especially if it comes from a computer or phone.

The light emitted by electronic devices can have a very negative effect on sleep.

Several studies have linked long screen time with greater difficulty falling asleep, shorter sleep duration, and even worse sleep quality.

Source: Sito&Rešeto by www.sitoireseto.com.

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