Are you struggling to get a full night’s sleep? Do you wake up in the morning feeling groggy and “out of it?” Suzy Cohen suggests that your sleep problems may be due to a variety of issues that you may not even have considered.
One problem is when you take your medications. Some drugs can be stimulants, especially inhalers, thyroid medications, steroids, decongestants, and ADHD medication. Make sure you are following the medication’s directions.
Another issue can be chronic medical conditions. Grave’s disease and Hashimoto’s disease can affect your thyroid, while Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s impact the health of your brain. Type 2 diabetes can also affect your sleep.
Do you snore at night when you sleep? Sleep apnea can leave you feeling tired in the morning when you should be refreshed. It also aggravates type 2 diabetes. Consult with a sleep specialist for additional treatment.
Have you ever considered you might have an undiagnosed allergy? There is a host of potential allergens in your bedroom. This includes everything from pet hair and dander to
flannel sheets, down comforters, and even dust.
Many already know that their sleep partner is comfortable sleeping at a different temperature than they prefer. Know whether you are a warm or cold sleeper. Work together to find an arrangement that works for the both of you.
If you struggle with chronic pain it shouldn’t be surprising that you are having difficulty sleeping. When you are in pain it is difficult to relax and be able to fall asleep.
Are you a caffeine fiend? Drinking coffee or green tea, both of which have caffeine, before bed will likely keep you up at night. Also, caffeine can sap your body of magnesium, which you need to sleep. To counter this problem make sure you are eating lots of healthy greens, such as kale.
Finally, how you breath impacts your sleep quality. Try taking deep, relaxed breaths at bedtime.
Want to learn more about why you are not sleeping at night? Read the full article here: 9 Reasons You Don’t Sleep Like a Baby.