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Tired of not getting your beauty sleep? Common reasons for having trouble sleeping and what to do about it.
Rod Beckwith April 14, 2016

Tired of not getting your beauty sleep?

Common reasons for having trouble sleeping and what to do about it.

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There is nothing more frustrating than waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep, or not being able to sleep when you first get into bed. Sleep is critical for the body for it is when we heal and grow. recover from  Unfortunately, sometimes it can be hard to work out the cause, but it’s really important to try to figure out why you are having trouble getting some solid shut eye. If you know the reason that you’re having trouble sleeping, it can be easier to resolve the problem.
Common reasons for having trouble sleeping 

  • Not being able to stop thinking or switch off your mind.
  • Not getting enough exercise or sunlight.
  • Eating food too close to bedtime or Exercising too close to bed time which stimulates you for a number of hours afterwards.
  • Taking stimulants, like caffeine or nicotine, too close to bedtime.
  • Some medications. Some diet pills, blood pressure, allergy and asthma medications can cause sleeping problems. Talk to your GP about your medication possibly affecting sleep.
  • Disrupted daily cycle. Your body works on a 24 hour cycle and releases hormones at certain times of day to prepare you for certain events, such as falling asleep and waking up. These rhythms are called circadian rhythms and when they get out of whack it can cause all sorts of problems including sleep issues.
  • Being awoken by chronic pain.
  • Feeling anxious about something. Often, if you’re having trouble getting to sleep when you first go to bed, it’s because you feel tense and worried. If you are concerned about this please visit your GP.
  • Feeling down or depressed. Sometimes, when people wake up in the night it’s a sign that they’re feeling pretty down. If you are experiencing this please visit your GP.
  • Environmental issues– e.g. being too hot or cold, or there being too much noise.
  • Other physical problems.Sometimes, if something is wrong with you physically, one of the signs is having trouble sleeping, please see your GP.

When does having trouble sleeping cause a problem?

Everyone has trouble sleeping from time to time – as annoying as it is, it’s completely normal to have bad night’s sleep occasionally. It can even be common to go through a bit of a bad sleeping phase, particularly if something upsetting is going on. There is a point though, where having trouble sleeping becomes more concerning. Signs you should look out for are:

  • Being tired all the time and having no energy from not sleeping
  • Falling asleep during or at work
  • Not being able to complete any work you need done because you’re too tired
  • Not being able to concentrate
  • Becoming really forgetful and struggling to remember things
  • Feeling emotionally on edge or becoming unusually moody
  • If sleeping troubles have been going on for longer than a month

What to do about it? 

There are many strategies you can use to help you get back into a good sleeping pattern, which you can find in the fact sheet about getting into a sleeping routine

If these strategies don’t work, if you’re feeling anxious or depressed, or if you just can’t figure out the reason behind your sleeping problem, it’s a good idea to visit your GP to bring up your sleeping issues. It will be much easier and faster to work out what’s going on, and treat the problem, if you seek professional help.

Reliance Sleep Study Clinic 
We welcome the addition of Reliance Sleep Study Clinic. Dr Levi treats sleep apnoea, snoring and other sleep disorders. Sleep problems can cause fatigue, tiredness, breathing problems and other health complications. When we sleep – different bodily functions slow down and this change in levels can cause problems for some people.

The clinic conducts a non-invasive take-home test that collects sleep data during one night of sleep, and is bulk billing. To find out more click here. Make an appointment with your GP if you have any sleep concerns Call 0243 041 333 or book online


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