An inability to sleep is a common problem today, with reasons ranging from physchological disorders to stress and lumpy matresses. Sleep advisor Marianna Kilburn talks us through some of the reasons why some people find it difficult to sleep.
Over one in four people in the UK feel that they can’t sleep well enough at night. Many will be experiencing a variety of sleep problems and more rarely, sleep disorders.
All the same, if you are spending yet another night staring at the ceiling waiting for sleep to sweep you over, it is not much comfort to know that there are others in the same position.
With these figures, it will come as no surprise that there is no one single factor causing all this sleeplessness. The reasons are vast and varied, ranging from stress and psychological issues to lumpy mattresses.
If you are able to identify the specific reason why you can’t sleep (eg. worrying about a family or work problem), then tackle this head on.
Most often however, you can’t quite place your finger on one single reason – many find that it is a combination of factors that can contribute to sleep problems. These may include:
Factors which increase your likelihood of sleep problems such as if you are a natural worrier, if you have family with trouble sleeping or if you are simply lying on a lumpy and uncomfortable mattress
Specific triggers resulting in you losing sleep. Being excited about an event the next day increases the likelihood of you being unable to sleep. Many people find it more difficult to get a good night's sleep on a Sunday due to worrying about work the next day. Once these triggers have been resolved, you should be able to get a good night’s sleep
Habits developed over many years can gradually reduce the sleep you are able to enjoy each night. For example, getting into the habit of napping during the day will reduce the amount of sleep you need at night as you ‘turn day into night’. Essentially, you will have taught yourself not to sleep at night.
Sleep problems are the most common reason for poor sleep. They are caused by lifestyle or external factors such as stress and worry, or one might experience interrupted sleep as a result of menopausal night sweats or an enlarged prostate.
Another cause is having a new-born baby and this can disturb sleep to the extent that parents experience the effects of sleep deprivation especially during the first few months.
Although sleep problems are generally not severe and resolve without intervention, if you can’t sleep well, you will feel worn out the next day. This can have a negative impact on your daily life, so it is worth investigating further. Follow the link for more information about sleep problems and their causes.
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