Why Can't I Sleep Even Though I'm Tired?
If you can’t get a good night’s sleep, blame it on your mind.
“Sixty percent of people who can’t sleep can’t turn their minds off sufficiently to get the rest they need,” says Pete Bils, Sleep Number Vice President of Sleep Science and Research. Anxiety, stress, or even the emotional high of, say, a new promotion, can all wreak havoc with a peaceful slumber.
Stress isn’t the only reason
Lifestyle choices can also interfere with sleeping well, no matter how tired you are.
“Too much caffeine, being too hot or too cold, keeping your smartphone next to you, and having your beloved pets in bed with you are all deterrents to restful sleep,” notes Bils.
Tips for better sleep
If your sleep issues are interfering with your quality of life, see your healthcare provider to rule out any medical causes. Often, though, home remedies can do the trick, suggests Bils, who offers these suggestions:
- Listen to soothing music before bed. “This is not the time for the 1812 Overture,” jokes Bils.
- Download an app or purchase a sound machine that plays white noise, which is a mixture of sound waves over a frequency of ranges, such as the sound of falling rain or crashing waves. “The noise will replace the thoughts that are crowding your mind,” says Bils.
- Take the free Sleep30 Challenge by Sleep Number to learn tested and proven sleep habits to help. Week 4 of the Challenge is all about stress and guiding you through techniques that help 82% of participants improve their sleep quality.
- Practice a relaxing mind game. Bils counts backward from 1,000.
- Keep your room at a comfortable temperature, ideally between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put your smartphone in another room so you’re not tempted to check it every time you open your eyes.
- Keep your pets in another room when at bedtime. Besides taking up space in your bed, pets snoring or twitching can interrupt your sleep as well.
- Learn to associate bed with sleep. If you can’t fall asleep, or you wake up and can’t get back to sleep, go into another room and do something calming — read poetry or even fold socks — to distract yourself from worrying about sleeping.
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