10 Reasons You Aren’t Sleeping and How to Deal

Our generation is notorious for our sleeping disorders. We are restless and confused and it's keeping us awake. Here's the why and how-to on coping with our fidgety minds. 

 

1. You are waiting for that goodnight text or reply

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Find yourself staying up waiting for that special someone to send you that goodnight text? We’ve all been there. If this is preventing you from getting your beauty rest, it is time to take initiative. Send the text first. It’s 2016 for god sakes. If that makes you seem “too easy” to that person, well maybe it’s time to find someone else.  Harsh, but hey, you’re too good for that!

2. YOU ARE NERVOUS/HAVE ANXIETY

Hello fellow anxiety sufferers. Bedtime can be rough for our kind. Here are some of the strategies that have helped me:

a)    Meditation – Click here to check out these meditation apps for Android and iPhone

b)   Exercise – For some, light cardio could be the cure, others might find more success in practices like yoga and basic stretching. Test out various forms of movement and see what works best for you. Create a routine and stick to it.

c)    White Noise - The link above also has some great Apps for white noise. Also try some calming and/or easy to ignore music.

d)   Call your mom, dad, friend or loved one. Life can be a lot to handle, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and talk it out.

3. You don’t feel prepared… for that test, meeting, interview…

I know they say it is best to get sleep as opposed to last minute cramming. But some individuals like myself can’t get to sleep until they feel completely prepared. In that case, you’ll quickly find yourself wasting your time laying in bed, contemplating whether or not to study more. Get up, have a shot of espresso or pressed ginger. Make a list of what you know, and what you still need to learn. Go until you feel confident in yourself and then do your best to catch some zZzZz’s. Sleep is important, don’t forget that.

4. You need to get something off your chest

Whether you need to break up with your significant other, a friend or even just tell them how you feel. If you have an apology or confession to make, don’t let it keep you up. For some reason, our deepest thoughts come out right before it’s time to sleep. We also tend to overthink a lot during this time. Before you go ahead and pour your feelings out over a text or phone call, create a draft. Write what you need to say in your journal, phone notes, draft email or text. If you feel confident in the message, send it. If not, you can always sleep on it. It is quite possible that you will not feel the same in the morning.

5. Your room isn’t clean

Whether you are OCD or not, a messy room means a messy sleep. Take 10-15 minutes before bed to de-clutter, organize and dust. Not only will it help you sleep better, but it will also save you time in the morning. Knowing where things are is half the battle.

6. YOU ARE HUNGRY

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Have a snack…it’s okay! As a hyper health-conscious individual, I found that adding a bedtime snack to my routine not only helped with my self-diagnosed insomnia, but also helped boost my metabolism.

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7. You are either too hot or too cold

Too cold? Turn up the heat a little, have a warm chamomile tea and load up on blankets and covers. Too hot? Lightly turn up the AC and jump into a cold shower, it really is the best cure.

8. You are excited

This is the hardest emotion to put to rest. My trick? Go for a run. Excitement gives you a ton of extra energy. Find a way to channel it and you will be sleeping like a baby in no time.

9. You have a full online shopping cart

From one online shopping addict to another… do not bed and surf! And if you do, either commit to the purchase or empty out that shopping cart. That full cart can be daunting, so clear it out and sleep on…

10. You are having nightmares

No matter how old you are, nightmares are real and don’t get any less sleep depriving with age. Check out this cool blog on how to get rid of nightmares.