6 Reasons Why You May Not Be Getting That Much Needed Good Night’s Sleep You went to bed at a reasonable time and woke up to your alarm – yet you still feel like you could sleep for another 4hours. What’s the deal? There are plenty of reasons you may not be getting a good night’s sleep, which thankfully means there are plenty of ways to fix the problem and wake up feeling well-rested! 1. Your bedroom is too lit up. Even after you turn off the light, tiny lights such as those from the cable box, alarm clocks, and especially your TV and cell phone can interrupt your sleep. Make bed time electronic-free time, powering off the TV and phone at least 15 minutes before you go to sleep. Instead, read a book or magazine to help you fall asleep. Block the lights from cable boxes and alarm clocks, as even the smallest of lights can trick your body into thinking it’s time to wake up. 2. You’re a thinker. If you are go-go-go during the day, bed time may be the first time you’ve stopped moving and all of your thoughts, worries, and to-do items start flooding your brain. Make a habit of writing down everything that comes up in a bed side journal, that way you don’t forget, but you can clear your mind for sleep. 3. Your room is too warm. Keeping your room cool overnight creates a comfortable sleeping environment. Keep a fan on overnight to create calming white noise and a cool breeze. 4. You indulged before bed. Having caffeine, alcohol, or smoking before bed can interfere with a good night’s sleep. Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants, so your body will not be calm and ready for sleep if you partake in these later in the day. Though alcohol is thought to make you sleepy, it actually can interrupt REM sleep (your deepest sleep cycle), so avoid sipping before bed. 5. Stick to a schedule. If you only squeeze in a few hours of sleep during week nights and play catch up on weekends, your sleep cycle may be off balance. Stick to a schedule, even if you’re not tired yet on the weekends, to train your body to sleep. 6. You’re a napper. While naps can provide much-needed energy during the day, limit your naps to 30 minutes to avoid having trouble sleeping at night. About the Author: FHMatch All-in-one `Business in a Box’! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance|