SLEEPING PROBLEMS

Article By Chris Reeves

When limiting technology and stopping caffeine before bed doesn’t work. Give these other solutions a try, you’ll be surprised what has an affect on your sleep.

Having a poor alarm clock management can be a cause of sleep problems. Sleeping should be a thoughtless process, but spending more time worrying about your sleeping pattern can also have effects on your sleep. On average you should be getting between 7.5 and 9 hours sleep but because everyone is different it could be that you function better on only 6 hours sleep.

Lack of sleep has been knowingly linked to cause early death but on the other hand so has getting too much sleep.

Eating right before you go sleep has its effects on the quality of your sleep. Eating too close to your sleep can offset the benefits of a carbohydrate- based meal because after you eat, a protein called “c-peptide” is created to help insulin do its job and store nutrients. The one problem is that c-peptide is linked to lower levels of melatonin, the hormone that helps you sleep. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, night snacks hurt your overall sleep quality, meaning it’s best to separate sleep and your final meal of the day by 1-2 hours.

Lacking Vitamin D in the body can disrupt your sleep, and cause daytime sleepiness. Lack of vitamin D could also be linked to sleep disorders, such as insomnia or sleep apnea. If Vitamin D tablets are the path you’d like to try taking them before bed is not recommended as Vitamin D is produced in sunshine, meaning it’s an indicator of light and daytime. So when you take Vitamin D, it decreases melatonin levels. It recommended that they should either be taken in the morning or afternoon.

Good hydration is essential but drinking too much before bed can cause problems. It can disrupt a good restful night of sleep. You sleep in several cycles throughout the night. And when you need to go to the bathroom, it can disturb the most restful periods of sleep making you restless. You body is designed to hold going for 6-8 hours, obviously as we age this changes and the duration of time is shortened. To help being disrupted of a restful night's sleep avoid drinking liquids 1-2 hours before bed and ensure you use the loo before going to sleep.