Wednesday, November 12, 2014

5 Reasons You Can't Fall Asleep With Olivia

Olivia from Uniquely College is here to talk about insomnia.  I have to say I often times have a ridiculously hard time falling asleep at night and it's great to see some common factors that could be causing my lack of sleep.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Can’t Fall Asleep At Night

            There are soo many people that have a hard time falling asleep at night. I know I’m definitely one of those people. This affects everyone at any age and from every stage in life. Sleep is such an important part of our lives and if we lose our sleep then it can completely change how each of our days will go. Lack of sleep can cause irritability, lack of concentration, it impacts our driving, and can for sure impact our relationships with people everyday. Here are 5 of the main reasons why falling asleep is so hard for us.

Medical Conditions
This one is an obvious one. There are various medical conditions that affect how we sleep at night. This can range from having cancer to having the common cold. Depending on what the medical condition you have is, there are different ways to fix this!

Depression affects people in different ways. One of the side affects of depression is lack of sleep or insomnia. Since insomnia itself can bring on mood swings or other various side affects and depression also can do the same, it can worsen your symptoms of depression. Another problem is that lack of sleep can actually worsen your depression. Good news!! Both are treatable!!

Everyone has anxiety at some point in his or her lives. A little child can have anxiety over what color marker to use while doing art projects and an elder person could have anxiety over how they’re going to pay their taxes. No matter what stage in life you’re in, anxiety can affect you. If you have anxiety, you’re at risk of insomnia. There are soo many people also overthink things (like me) and this could be a reason why you’re staying up late into the night!

This is a very broad category. Some examples of how ‘lifestyle’ affects your sleep is working at home at night. If you work at home until it gets time for you to go to sleep, your brain is still pretty alert especially if you work on the computer. I know a lot of people like to take naps. And that’s completely fine! Who doesn’t like a nap from time to time! Some naps, however, can affect how tired you are later on in the night. If you want to take a nap make sure it’s at a time that won’t keep you up into the night!

Insomnia sucks but there are ways to fix it!! Scheduling in a winding down period (like 30 minutes) is perfect to get your body (and mind) ready for bed! Read a chapter of a book, dim the lights, and listen to quiet, soothing music is the perfect relaxation before bed! Stay away from technology! The light on the screens actually alerts your brain, which makes it harder to fall asleep. If you have insomnia and stick to these tips you’ll eventually be sleeping in no time!

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