Not getting a good night’s sleep? You’re not alone. Over 40 million Americans struggle with chronic sleep disorders, and a restless night’s sleep has just become today’s norm.
That figure is not surprising considering we’re living in a 24/7 society where nothing switches off. Why sleep when you can watch cable TV, surf the net, and catch up on an endless supply of emails? Technology, jobs, stress, and toxic chemicals are all disrupting our homeostasis and as a result, our sleep is disrupted.
Sleep problems are complex and as such, there’s no cure-all pill we can take to get a better night’s sleep. If there was, you’d expect it be one of the most sought after drugs on the market. In order to improve your sleep, you need to start looking at what’s causing you to toss and turn in the first place.
1. Over stimulation of technology
Without a doubt, technology has had a significant impact on why more and more people are suffering from sleep issues. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, the bright lights of devices like our iPads, laptops and smart phones can disrupt the levels of our sleep hormone melatonin.
In the evening, our melatonin levels naturally rise alerting us it’s time to sleep. However, stare at a device for 1.5 hours, and you’ll become increasingly more alert and less sleepy as your brain is stimulated.
2. Poor nutrient intake
The more processed foods we’re consuming, the more we’re likely to be consuming stimulants and suffering from nutrient deficiencies. Drink caffeinated beverages like coffee and soda, and inhale nicotine and you’ll be sabotaging your efforts to get those much-needed zzz’s. Spicy, fatty and acidic foods can also be playing their role by causing heartburn, reflux, and gastrointestinal distress.