3 Reasons Your Sleep Has Suddenly Taken a Hit
By Genevieve Cunningham
You’ve been sleeping fine, or at least well enough. You haven’t made any big changes in your life, and yet, your sleep has suddenly … ceased to exist. You toss and turn, get up and down throughout the night, and feel tired and groggy the next morning. What gives? As it turns out, this is a fairly common phenomenon. Many people hit a slump with their sleep. But what can you do about it? And why does it happen anyway? If you’ve suddenly hit a rough patch in your sleeping habits, take a look at these reasons why it may be happening, followed by some tips for getting your shut-eye back again.
You Have a Stressful Situation
It doesn’t take much stress to alter sleep. Maybe you have a new project at work. Maybe you deal with a person who stresses you. Maybe you are worried about your child, your spouse, or even yourself. A small stressful situation can take over your body and mind, even without you realizing. If you’re suddenly sleeping poorly, reassess the stress in your life. If you find a new stressful situation, deal with it directly. The sooner you alleviate this stress, the sooner your sleeping habits get back to normal.
You’ve Changed Your Routine
Our bodies and minds really love routine. When we get off of our routine, it can throw everything off. Has your routine changed recently, even a little bit? Are you doing something different at work or during lunchtime? Have you changed your morning routine? Small changes in your normal routine can create stress and change the rhythm of the day. When the night rolls around, your body and mind know that something is amiss. If this is you and the change in routine was on purpose, just give it a little time to even out. If the change in routine was an accident, adjust your routine again, and the sleep should follow.
You Can't Put Down Your Phone
We’re living in the age of technology, and that is absolutely a good thing. It makes everything, or most things, a lot easier. But it’s not making sleep easier. It’s making it much more difficult. If you can’t sleep at night, take a good hard look at your phone habits. Are you on it all day? Do you take it to bed with you? The constant stimulation is likely messing with your eyes and your brain. Turn it off, and leave it off for at least 30 minutes before bed. This allows your brain to adjust and wind down, and then you may be able to fall asleep more easily. It will take some work to make this happen, as we tend to get addicted to our phones, but making this tiny switch in your day may improve your sleep as well as other aspects of your life.
Sometimes sleeping habits get a little off, and that’s OK. But if yours won’t return to normal or it’s causing you problems during the day, take a look to see if any of these situations are present. If they are, make some changes, be persistent but patient, and your sleep will likely return before you know it.
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