Why You Can’t Sleep: 10 Things That Could be Keeping You Up All Night

young man in bed with eyes opened suffering insomnia and sleep disorder thinking about his problem

According to the CDC, 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep. Since lack of sleep can cause serious problems, you want to figure out what is going on with your body.

If you can’t sleep, the problem might not be as difficult to solve as you think. Continue reading this article to learn what could be keeping you from getting the sleep you need.

Help – I Can’t Sleep!

Lack of sleep is no fun for you – or the people that have to deal with you. Not being able to sleep might make you less than an enjoyable person. Look through the information below and see if any of these things could be keeping you from getting a good night’s rest when even the best sleep tricks aren’t working.

1. Bed Is Too Soft

How can a bed be too soft? You see the mattress commercials with the lady falling into the bed like a big soft cloud. It looks like heaven!

Though the fluffy cloud mattresses may look amazing, you are going to come up against a bit of a problem if your mattress doesn’t support you as it should.

How do you know that your mattress is too soft for your needs? Here are some signs:

  • Sore lower back
  • Difficult time finding a comfortable position
  • You’re a stomach sleeper with neck and shoulder pain
  • Difficulty getting in and out of the bed
  • You feel like you’re hitting the bottom of the bed when you sit on it

If any of these things ring true, then your soft bed might be causing you sleep problems.

2. Bed Is Too Hard

While having a bed that is too soft is a problem, having a bed that is too hard can also be the problem. Whether you have a memory foam bed or a spring mattress, your bed may be too hard and here are some of the signs:

  • Upper backaches
  • You need pillows for your pressure points
  • You notice you are getting uneven support

If you noticed any of these things, it might be time to get a softer bed. 

3. Too Hot

If the air in the room you’re sleeping is too hot, you’re likely to sweat. Sweating while you sleep can cause you to toss and turn a lot. If you’re tossing and turning, you’re wasting a lot of every, and you’re waking up a lot throughout the night.

Not everyone has the same idea of what’s too hot, so work with any partner you may have to find out what the optimal temperature for your room is for you.

4. Too Cold

If your sleeping area is too cold, your shivers and tensing muscles are likely to keep you awake. Even if you are partially asleep, you won’t feel as if you’ve gotten any sleep if you’ve been tensing because of the cold all night.

If your partner needs the room cold, try getting a heated blanket for your side of the bed to keep you warm throughout the night.

5. Worry

Worry is the sleep killer. Your mind is racing wildly, and you can’t stop thinking about what might happen. The thought of possibilities and what can happen can haunt you throughout the night and keep you awake until the latest hours.

6. Wrong Bedding Material

Sleeping in the wrong type of bedding material can keep you up throughout the night. If it itches your skin or if it is uncomfortable, you won’t be able to rest. Even if you need to put out a little more money for bedding, it is worth it to rest well at night.

7. Your Clothing

Your sleep clothes have a lot to do with how well you sleep. Just like your wedding, if they are made from the wrong material, they can cause discomfort. If your clothing is too warm or too little for your environment, you’ll also experience sleep challenges.

8. Your Partner

If your partner snores or kicks during the night, it can be difficult to get any rest. Snoring partners are common, but you can fix the noise problem by putting in some headphones, using earplugs, playing sleep sounds or some other method of getting over that hurdle.

If your partner is kicking at night, they may have restless leg syndrome. Restless leg syndrome is painful, and the kicks aren’t voluntary. This challenge is a little more difficult to work with since your partner will need to seek treatment.

9. Late Night Food

If you eat food late at night, your digestive system is still hard at work. It takes your food a while to get down the throat, into the stomach, and through the intestines. If you want to sleep well, try not to eat too close to the time you want to go to bed.

On the other hand, if you don’t eat enough before you go to bed, you could keep yourself up because you’re hungry. Test out some eating times to see what works best for you, so you aren’t hungry, but your digestion isn’t going wild.

Some people also notice that spicy foods cause them to have strange dreams. If you have too many strange dreams, you’re likely to wake up to see what’s going on.

10. Sleep Disorders

If you go through all of the points and don’t see anything that is keeping you awake, you may want to look into sleep disorders. There are some sleep disorders that keep you up without rhyme or reason, but there are things you can do to help.

Speak with a doctor or other medical professional if you have questions about sleep disorders. Sleep disorders can be treated, but often it takes time and work on both you and the part of a doctor.

Parents of Babies – Get Some Sleep

If you can’t sleep because of a teething baby, we’ve got help for you. We understand parenting can be rough on your sleep patterns, so we put this article together for you. Read our article on how to soothe a teething baby.

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