What’s Keeping You Up All Night?

Sleep is so important to us. We need a decent night’s sleep in order to function the following day. But yet so many of us can find that we have disturbed sleep most nights and this can be disruptive to our daily lives. There can be a number of factors to consider. Your room may be too warm, you may have had too much caffeine in the day or too many glasses of wine at night. However, those tend to be isolated events and one-offs. If you find that you are struggling to sleep more consistently, there could be an underlying reason as to why. I wanted to share with you what some of the common factors are and offer a few tips on how to overcome them.

No more sleepless nights for her

Mental health plays a big role in sleep patterns. Photo via Pixabay (CC0).

Your mental health

Your mental health can play a huge part when it comes to your sleep patterns. This means that anything like depression or anxiety can definitely end up keeping you up at night. Your heart can race, and your mind can start to wander, which can be things that keep you awake instead of allowing you to get a decent night’s sleep. It’s not easy handling mental health issues and lack of sleep can make things worse. So make sure you confide in someone or a medical professional to ensure that you handle the underlying issues once and for all.

Is snoring keeping you awake?

Snoring can be a huge inconvenience at night. Whether that is someone lying next to your snoring away, or whether it is a problem that you struggle with each evening. There are things you can do. You can try nasal strips or even snoring surgery could be an option for you if you want a more permanent fix to the problem. Snoring is a big problem and can be very disruptive to your sleep, so trying to find a fix can often be your best resolve for the problem.  

Hormonal changes

Whether it is the menopause, your menstruation cycle, or simply finding out that you have a hormone imbalance, it can really start to affect our sleep at night on a more permanent basis. Even things like frequent urination can cause huge problems and disrupt your sleep patterns.

Are you stressed about something?

Stress can play a huge part in your sleep patterns. Stress can be caused by many different factors. You may have a problem with work, perhaps have an issue with your relationship or even having financial worries. The stress levels can mount up causing your heart to race and your mind to think of everything other than actually getting rest.

Your bedtime routine

Finally, could it be your bedtime routine that is causing you a sleepless night? Having too much technology before bed or not taking the time to wind down after a tough day can mean you are your own worst enemy when it comes to your sleep patterns. This is why making some changes, such as avoiding technology before bed, can often prevent a bad night’s sleep.

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23 thoughts on “What’s Keeping You Up All Night?

  1. Well, well, a topic too, close to not comment on.
    Snoring … I find it reverberates through the mattress. If I turn around, sleeping with my head at the foot of the bed, I find this solves that problem.
    Stress is a disaster (working on that)
    You didn’t mention cats. At about 4 a.m. they run across my body, they want to snuggle and purr, play hand mouse, steal cat food tins from the recycling bin, knock something over somewhere in the house and play floor hockey with a bottle cap (which sounds like a bowling ball at 4 a.m.).
    Okay, I’m getting off the Tech now, and will go relax…..somewhere… in bed with the cats, I guess. 😀

  2. Christy, sleepless nights is something I am sure affects all of us at some stage and some of us all the time…an excellent post that is relevant and helpful. Out of everything I find emotional worries, stress the worst disturbance and the most difficult to control…the brain is so powerful.

  3. Hi Christy”
    Me and sleepless hours during the night are companions. I have found that putting away all electronics a few hours before sleep can certainly help.
    Even as writers we have that tendency to keep tapping out the words late into the night, thus I leave it alone.
    Yet another thing I found disturbing my sleep was watching the news late at night. As we are all aware there is very little that comes with the news that makes you fell good, so I just avoid it.
    I found a mixture of ¼ teaspoon of honey, I teaspoon of Cocoanut oil and ½ teaspoon of sea salt just before bed helps. Mix them all together and drink it quickly. Add more honey if needed, found this little gem online and love it to help induce sleep…

    Great article… Hugs and all…. Rolly

  4. Stress and overthinking are applicable for me, even when I try to ‘clear my mind’. A stable routine (chocolate and an engaging book) usually help with that but I often find that, because I have to get up in the middle of the night due to having a stoma bag, I can’t get back to sleep, and I can never really work out why. Very useful post – sleep certainly is important!
    Caz x

  5. Useful as usual Christy, on the light side I want to comment about a friend of mine, that when our friends occasionally travel to get together, no one wants to share a room with him, because he snores loud enough, and I mean LOUD, even if you are in the next room at the hotel you can hear him, enough to keep you up all night!
    He is not even aware he snores!
    Ironically when we are saved from this fate, it’s when his wife comes along with him, she’s so use to him snoring, she swears to us he doesn’t snore!
    My only guess is, she really sleep so deep, she can’t hear him. there you have a match made in Heaven! 🙂

  6. Avoiding technology before bed is a great idea! Sometimes even taking tech breaks altogether, if possible. Sometimes what we do during the day matters when we find the stress at night creeps in. Most of us have to work with what we’ve got under, and so little changes, like what we eat or drink (or not eating or drinking right before bed) might be in order 🙂 Overall, each day is another day to take a deep breath, and try, try again, to put to use many of these valuable suggestions. Love and hugs my friend xo

  7. I am so guilty of not putting technology away!! I always have my phone beside me, I charge it there and its my alarm…. I should prob look at getting a alarm clock!! Great post xx

  8. Pain pure and simple, added to my mental problems causes me to have major sleep problems and I know I snore and can’t use the machine to help my sleep apnea. Every time I turn, which is constantly, I have pain shoot through my body in my back and neck area. pain pills aren’t helping. I am up and down all night trying to distract myself and move my back so the pain is gone for a little bit.

  9. These are all good points, Christy, and certainly things we can all work on. Pain is a tough one though. I don’t usually have trouble falling asleep, but my back and shoulders (previous injuries and ongoing issues) wake me around 3-4:00 am. Sometimes I am able to go back to sleep, but many mornings I give up and get up.

  10. A good post, Christy. I am most fortunate as I can nearly always sleep even in times of stress and trauma. My poor hubby, on the other hand, battles to sleep when things are normal and it really goes pear shaped when he is stressed.

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