There is nothing more priceless and cherished than a good night’s sleep. On an average, a good 7 – 8 hours of undisturbed sleep is what your body needs to overcome the day’s tiredness and also to help you recharge for the next day. With our ever evolving lifestyles, sleep has become an elusive luxury. Sleep related issues or insomnia, no longer plague just those suffering from anxiety. In fact, every third person today is seen to be dealing with insomnia – be it a student, a professional or a geriatric. What could be some of the possible reasons, which we commonly overlook that could be causing us insomnia? Here are five factors we have come up with –
1. More Screen Time
= Less Sleep Time – Instagramming or Facebooking in bed, post which you hope to fall asleep, isn’t such a great idea after all. It has been scientifically proven that screens emit a blue light which our brains associate with activity, and hence take it as a cue to not shut down. Keep away from your gadgets before you sleep, may be try the age old trick of counting sheep. You never know, it might just work for you! While you are at it, check out this amazing application Night Shift: Blue Light Filter, which works like a filter for your phone screens, by keeping away the blue light, and thus aids you in sleeping better!
2. Eating Habits
Eating habits play a crucial role in determining our sleep pattern. Ideally, you should be eating the last meal of the day at least three hours before you try sleeping. This ensures that the digestive process has begun and thus doesn’t cause you discomfort while sleeping. Eating heavy, rich or unhealthy food (or just food in general) just before you sleep not only causes insomnia, but also interferes with a healthy digestion process. To curb the untimely hunger pangs, switch from junk snacking to healthy snacking – have a fruit or a salad.
3. Hydration Habits
Drink at least ten glasses of water through-out the day, and a glass or two just before bed time. It helps you sleep better and also improves digestion. Remember that while you sleep, your body works silently to rejuvenate itself for another day of work. By drinking water, you help the process because it balances your hormones and replenishes the vitamins. Make it a point to stay away from caffeine, and nicotine, if not wholly, then at least prior to your bed time.
4. The Bed!
Is your bed the right fit for your body? A lot of times, we don’t give too much thought to the mattress we sleep on, and how it affects your body. Specific body types, require specific kinds of mattresses, especially if you happen to have joint or back problems or aches. Check if your mattress is too soft or too hard, which may be unsuitable for your body leading to the lack of a good night’s sleep.
5. Anxiety or Depression
Mental health is an aspect of our over-all well-being which is most frequently neglected or even overlooked in the Indian society. It has always been easy to brush anxiety, depression and nervousness under the carpet, or rather, been rather easy to make the assumption that it is easy to do so. One of the biggest reasons for insomnia is anxiety related problems. It is always better to recognize it and reach out for help, rather than dismiss it as nothing and let it affect your health and well-being on a daily basis.
Dealing with insomnia is very much possible once you are aware and have accepted the problem. Identifying it is the first step towards dealing with it. It is very much possible to deal with insomnia by changing your lifestyle, instead of seeking medical intervention. If you have stories about how you have overcome your insomnia, we would love to hear about them, and so would our readers! Write to us, or comment below.