There are plenty of reasons for insomnia. If you are currently unable to fall asleep at night, it could be due to a number of different things within your lifestyle. The awesome thing is that most people can change their lifestyles so that they don’t suffer with as much insomnia as they currently do. Below are some reasons that you may have developed insomnia as well as some suggestions that you may want to try in order to help yourself overcome it.
Common reasons for insomnia
1. Dietary component – What types of foods do you eat during the day? If your answer is fast food, candies, donuts, and zero fruits and vegetables, then you are putting your entire brain and body in jeopardy. You might think that diet doesn’t affect your sleep and thinking, but it actually does – there is research to back it up. Drop unhealthier foods from your diet and start eating better and take more responsibility if you want better sleep.
2. Drugs and alcohol – Unfortunately, people that do drugs and drink alcohol a lot don’t think that they are contributing to their problem. But it is clear that all drugs and alcohol are medical reasons for insomnia. Do you drink a lot of beer out at the bars with your friends? Even if you don’t have insomnia yet, it will become more severe as you continue to drink.
3. Intentionally staying awake – If you keep yourself awake intentionally, this is another of many reasons for insomnia. Avoid keeping yourself up and start going to bed earlier.
4. Mental illness – Mental diseases/disorders are among the most common medical reasons for insomnia. Things like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder (e.g. manic phase), hypomania, and other illnesses may cause people to stay up later than they need to be. Fortunately, when the illness itself is treated and dealt with properly, usually insomnia can be significantly reduced.
5. Caffeine – If you actually want to fall asleep, you shouldn’t be drinking caffeine right before you go to bed. Although there is a bunch of different research on caffeine and how long it stays in your system, it is very smart to eliminate it altogether from your diet if you want to sleep better. It can cause some people to be very stressed out and/or anxious – which can lead to insomnia.
6. Lack of exercise – This is another reason for insomnia that most people do not understand. It makes a lot of sense though: if you exercise on a daily basis (and push yourself), you are going to tire out your body and brain. If you don’t exercise, you will have a lot of pent up energy in your body and your brain won’t be able to calm down before bed; hence, you won’t fall asleep easily and you certainly won’t sleep very well.
7. Stimulation – If you are staring at your cell phone all night, or updating your Facebook account all the time, then you are not going to be able to fall asleep. It is so easy to get caught up in late night conversations, but it is much healthier to set a time for yourself to shut down all of them. Make it a rule to shut everything off at a certain time (e.g. 10:00 P.M.) and do some relaxation instead. Don’t allow yourself to start up your electronics until the following day.
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