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3 Reasons You Can't Sleep and 3 Ways to Fix It

By Genevieve Cunningham

Getting enough sleep is a thing of the past. It seems like adulthood brings responsibility, work, and … insomnia. Unfortunately, a lack of sleep can do a number on your health and well-being. But why exactly can’t we sleep? What’s the problem? And more importantly, what can we do to fix it? If you need more sleep in your life, take a look at these reasons you can’t sleep followed by how you can fix it.

Common Causes of Insomnia

Though there are many causes of insomnia, some of the most common include:

  • Stress - When stress levels are too high, it can make it almost impossible to sleep. Whether that stress is from work, family, or other obligations, excessive stress on the mind is a serious detriment to sleep.

  • Caffeine - If you take in too much caffeine, it’s likely keeping you up at night. Caffeine is a stimulant, so keeping you awake is its job.

  • Pain in the body - When pain is present in the body, it can really make it difficult to sleep. The back, neck, and head are three of the most common places that are achy at night.

How to Fix Your Sleeping Problems

If any of these are causing your insomnia, there may be some hope available. A few ways to ease these troubles might include:

  • Stress relief - Exercise, hot showers, a trip to the sauna … anything that eases your stress levels regularly might help your mind wind down enough to get the rest you need.

  • Caffeine limits - While a little caffeine in the morning is fine, you should probably avoid caffeine in the afternoons. Though you might feel tired at first, your body will adjust and you’ll get used to the lower consumption of your favorite pick-me-up.

  • Massage - Getting a massage can ease aches and pains in the body. And of course, a massage can also lower stress levels. Adding this to your normal routine may help you sleep from a couple of different directions.

Sleep is crucial for good health. When we don’t get enough, we’re moody and irritable and fatigued. Use these tips to beat the insomnia in your life and you may find your health and life moving in the right direction, leaving you feeling refreshed and better than ever.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spring, Tex.

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