It is common to hear people say they can’t sleep at night. The problem is on the rise. More and more people are not getting enough sleep, and it is damaging to their long-term health.
Why is it a problem?
Sleep is a vital process for the body. It is the time when it renews and regenerates. For example when sleeping, the body repairs heart and blood vessels. With insufficient sleep you increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.
According to Doctor Steven Novella, people do not recognise that a lack of sleep is a medical issue. They do not realise that even mild sleep deprivation can be dangerous for your health.
Being Busy Has Become the Norm
In today’s world “busyness” is seen as a value. People are burning the proverbial candle at both ends. Every minute of the day seems to be taken up with some activity, with no chance to stop and relax. We are over worked and over stimulated.
The irony is that the more tools we get, the more we do. We have so many gadgets, devices, appliances and applications designed to save us time. Instead of using that time to do less and rejuvenate, we use the time to do more.
Gettting too little sleep at night has almost become a virtue. With so much to do, the only place to find the time is to sleep less. Want to Gym before work? Get up an hour earlier. Need to watch the new Game of Thrones? Get to sleep an hour later.
All of this has a knock on effect, and our sleep is suffering. We leaving too little time to get the right amount of sleep, and despite being tired, we often find we battle to get to sleep.
How To Improve Your Sleep
There are many ways you can improve your sleep. Here are some key tips from an earlier blog post we wrote:
- Have a regular sleep schedule
- Get some exercise
- Follow a healthy eating plan
- Make sure your bed is comfortable
- At night keep your bedroom between 15º and 19ºC
- Find relaxation techniques that work for you
- Avoid screen light at night and have a dark room
- Establish a bedtime routine to signal to your body it’s time to sleep
What To Do When You Still Can’t Sleep At Night
If you have followed the above tips and you still can’t sleep at night it could be time to see a health professional. Speak to your doctor to make sure there is no underlying medical issue. This is important to ensure you aren’t creating a new medical issue with your lack of sleep.
Sleep is such a vital function. When you are well-rested, you have the energy and mental resources to tackle the challenges thrown your way. If you can’t sleep at night, don’t ignore the problem.