Insomnia is common in young adults. Do you find yourself awake most of the night? Do not know what is causing your irregular sleep schedule? Need help guiding your sleep schedule back? Although there is no cure for insomnia, here are some reasons why you may not be sleeping regularly.

 

Work Hours

Your body’s clock can be confused if you find yourself working different hours each day, causing you to sleep early, or sleep late. If your sleep schedule changes periodically, your body will not be used to consistency.

 

Anxiety

Adults find themselves being worried too much which causes them to stay up. Overthinking before bed will cause you to have tension. Anxiety may include overthinking future events, current events, relationship problems, etc.

 

Eating Habits

Eating habits may definitely affect your sleeping schedule. You should stay away from eating heavy meals 2-3 hours prior before going to bed. Eating anything heavy may cause your body to not settle in before bed and may be hard to digest. Avoid drinking caffeine and anything high in sugar like chocolate, your body may stay up all night! Although alcohol may make you feel sleepy, you may find yourself waking up in the middle of the night.

 

Smoking

Like caffeine, nicotine is a stimulant and a drug. Smoking may affect your quality of sleep because the nicotine in the cigarette may hinder one’s sleep-wake cycle. Smokers may feel restless and irritated the next day due to the lack of sleep.

 

What you can do to reduce insomnia:

  • Watch what you eat

  • Have an eating schedule

  • Limit naps

  • Exercise regularly

  • Consistent alarm clocks

  • Comfortable sleeping environment

  • Stop smoking

  • Cognitive therapy

 

Although each person is different, sleep is important for not only physical health, but mental health as well! We all need sleep to function and get through the day. Try keeping a consistent schedule so your body adjusts thoroughly!

 

Have any other tips you can do that may reduce insomnia? Comment below!

Sources:

 

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/home/ovc-20256955

https://sleepfoundation.org/insomnia/content/what-causes-insomnia

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/05/how-smoking-affects-sleep_n_6792954.html