A lack of sleep is a serious day-ruiner. Without that necessary shuteye, what I will proclaim as Zombie Syndrome kicks in. You look lifeless. You feel lifeless. And not to mention that without those necessary zzz's, productivity is at an all-time low.
About four months ago now, I developed a serious sleeping problem that's THANKFULLY gone now. I would lay in bed for hours, frustrated that I couldn't drift off to Never Never Land and just let go of the day that was. Getting four hours or so of sleep a night, tops, I was constantly tired and slightly dizzy. While my sleeping problem was most definitely from anxiety, that's not always the case.
Check out these 5 reasons why you're not sleeping, and see if you can relate:
1. Protein overload: Yes, diets rich in protein and low in carbohydrates are heart-healthy, but they also take extra energy to digest. When you're trying to get to bed, the last thing you want is your body to be hard at work trying to break down dinner. If you're hungry close to bedtime, opt for something lighter like a rice cake or crackers.
2. Too much caffeine: According to Prevention, caffeine takes about 45 minutes to an hour to get absorbed and lingers in the body for several hours. To be safe, cut down on that afternoon cup of coffee and you may find getting to sleep to be much easier.
3. Too much light in the room: Light tricks your brain into thinking that it's daytime, even if it's streaming through the window from a streetlamp outside. The biggest culprit of artificial light in the bedroom? iDevices, tablets, and the like. Do yourself a favor and make sure to put all electronics to sleep before lying down for the evening.
4. You're exercising too close to bedtime: OK, so this theory has been long disputed. I don't know about you guys, but if there's some scientist telling me that running and then hitting the sheets is a bad thing -- I'll do my best to avoid it when possible.
5. You're worrying about getting enough sleep: When you turn sleep into something you HAVE to do instead of something you want to do, it results in anxiety. In fact, this is called psychophysiologic insomnia. If you're worried about getting sleep, you're tense. That antsy feeling will prevent you from getting the shuteye your body really needs.
Have you ever had a sleeping problem?