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Common Causes of Sleep Problems Revealed

By Sara Butler

Many Americans struggle each night to fall asleep and stay that way. The problem is, you need an adequate amount of rest for your overall health and wellness. Neglecting to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night can have a real impact on your physical, psychological, and emotional health. Here are some of the biggest reasons people have trouble sleeping and what you can do to get more shut-eye.


While sudden, acute pain can certainly be an issue that keeps you awake at night, prolonged and chronic pain is often a huge hurdle for a good night's rest. Any medical condition that causes physical discomfort can wreak absolute havoc on normal sleeping patterns.

Alcohol, Caffeine, and Nicotine

Having too much caffeine or nicotine in your system when you try to fall asleep can make sleep quite elusive. That's because these stimulants can take up to 14 hours to leave your bloodstream, making it difficult to fall asleep when you want.

Alcohol initially has a sedative effect, but it still disrupts deep sleep and causes frequent awakenings as well as restlessness, especially during the second half of the night. In other words, you may go to sleep quickly, but have trouble staying that way. That makes nightcaps a terrible idea.


Stress can impact your ability to sleep at night, not allowing you to wind down and fall asleep as you worry about the things running through your head. One problem here is that you may be overextended or overstimulated during the day without a plan for relaxation before you go to bed. Learning how to reduce stress and relax before bed is essential if anxiety is keeping you awake at night.

What Can You Do?

Regardless of what is keeping you up at night, working with the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic on a treatment plan is the way to go. They'll do a thorough evaluation of your health and history, then talk with you about the issues that may be keeping you awake. If you can work to develop a plan to tackle any lifestyle factors or health problems keeping you from sleep, then you can overcome them and ensure you're getting a full night's rest.

Sleep is so important to your overall health and wellness. If you're having problems getting enough shut-eye, then it's imperative to your health and wellness to find out why. Let the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic help! 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hoboken, N.J.

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