3 Overlooked Reasons Why It’s So Hard To Fall Asleep
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on December 7, 2017 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Posted in Blog
If you were to ask someone how he or she is doing at any point of the day, the response would almost certainly be “tired.” This person probably didn’t just finish a marathon or a 5-hour drive and has been working a 9-5 job for several years. And yet many of us are so tired that we are constantly fighting the urge to fall asleep at work. The answer to this mystery lies within a second question: How did you sleep last night?
For the average adult, “pretty good” isn’t good enough. In order to perform to the best of our ability, we need to sleep deeply from the moment our heads hit the pillow until we wake up in the morning.
Here’s a few reasons why this is easier said than done:
1. Screens All Over
Sleep experts attribute widespread exhaustion to a lack of “sleep hygiene,” which refers to the behaviors that impact how well you sleep. One major element of good sleep hygiene is to keep screens – TV, smartphones, etc. – out of your sleeping area, or if possible, out of your bedroom completely. Most people have televisions in their bedrooms, and feel they “need” to watch TV in order to fall asleep. If you’re not watching TV, odds are, you’re lying in bed with your tablet or smartphone just inches from your face. These devices inhibit sleep through the light they emit in addition to the mental stimulation they supply. The experts advise putting screens away at least an hour or two before bedtime, though this is understandably problematic in 2017.
2. You Have To Wake Up When!?
Many people who work in urban areas commute at least an hour to their jobs. This wouldn’t be so detrimental to sleep if some of these people didn’t have jobs that require them to be at work extremely early, like teachers. If you have to be at work around 730am but it takes you around an hour and a half to get to work, you might have to be up as early as 530am. Meeting the recommended eight hours of sleep puts you in bed at 930pm. Good luck falling asleep at a time when some of your friends are finishing their dinner. It’s only natural to have a hard time achieving state of deep sleep this early, or about two hours when the human mind starts to tire on its own.
3. It’s Okay, I’ll Just Drink Lots Of Coffee
The availability of caffeinated beverages has made sleep less of a priority. People see nothing wrong with only getting a few hours of sleep because any exhaustion they experience in the morning can be quickly neutralized with a few sips of caffeine. But becoming dependent on caffeine poses numerous risks, not to mention the damage it does to your bank account. Your tolerance will build up, and it will soon take more than one dose to get you through the day. Before you know it, you’ll feel like you can’t function at all without caffeine, even when you aren’t at work.
Falling Asleep Shouldn’t Be A Challenge
Caffeine, screens and unnatural bed times make it difficult to fall asleep but Natural Wellbeing’s Sleep Essentials can effectively cut this obstacle out of your life. You don’t have to worry about any health risks attached to drugs with Sleep Essentials, an all-natural supplement that gently soothes the mind as well as your entire body so you can fall asleep much more quickly than usual.
One look at Sleep Essentials’ reviews will show you that for some customers, the supplement has actually worked even better than popular drugs and saved them from having to make dramatic changes to their daily routine. Thanks to this chemical-free treatment, you can sleep soundly without getting a new job, moving your TV out of your room or developing a dangerous addiction!
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan