8 Reasons of Sleeplessness and Their Solutions
It is a tough task to keep waking at night, especially when you strongly wish to sleep but sleep says “Not available”. Commonly the situation is medically known as insomnia and this one is the most dominant reason of sleeplessness. However there may be some different causes of having no sleep. A common person perhaps has no interests in what the cause is. His problem is a deep, peaceful and uninterrupted sleep. If you have very severe insomnia and are a regular patient, none can prescribe better than a doctor and a health care provider. But there is some stuff that you can do yourself. So instead of going in details we shall simply discuss the main causes of your unwanted awakening at night. I have given some simple methods to fight with these causes.
Temperature and Temperament
The sleep is peace. Any type of heat or enforcement may disturb it. So your sleeping room must be at a moderate temperature. It should not be too hot or too cold as we often do. In the summer we set our air conditioner thermostat high and high until wearing a blanket. Similarly in winter over temperature is kept for more calm. Actually both the conditions are worst not only for sleep but also for common health. Keep your bedroom at normal room temperature between 20 and 30. The same thing is about your temperament. Higher temperament over activates the brain and makes it hard to go to deep sleep.
Caffeine is an agent deeply related to our mental peace. Biologists and chemists say that caffeine stays in our blood circulation without change for more than 5 hours. So if we intake something containing caffeine, will not let us go in dreams. For the same reason coffee is never said to be taken more than 1 cup. So we should eat our food and take coffee much more than bed time.
There is slight link of light and darkness to your sleep. Actually the lights in your sleeping atmosphere affect same as you are in sunlight. Your five senses take it as a day and waking time. This situation makes your brain to secrete melatonin, a hormone released by your pineal gland that causes sleeplessness. It decreases the body temperature and let not your body prepare for sleep. The situation gets more serious when the light is of some electronic device like TV or LCD etc. So the better is to sleep in dark. You should switch off all the lights, bulbs and electronics before you go to bed.
In common practice when we wake up at mid night, it is not a good practice to recall next day schedule and look at the watch again and again. This thing awakens the brain busyness. Let everything go for the next morning and do not bother. Better rest will provide better working capacity. So write down your next day tasks on a paper on a stool near your bed and be careless of everything for the time being.
Alcohol and Sleep
We commonly recognize alcohol as sleep producer. But it is not so. The condition produced by drinking is not a good sleep. It is a type of being unconscious of every sense. The good sleep results in a best after sleep rest. But the long sleep due to drinking gives you fatigue and weirdness. So alcohol does cause what you call sleep. Do not drink before sleep time. It will abrupt your sleeping attitude and there will be a day when even drinking won’t be able to end your insomnia.
Movies and plays may be a best source of spending time while you are awaking but they may send your sleep away. These things will keep your emotions and feelings energetic and not letting you ready for rest. So in my opinion it is not a good idea. Instead of this you may go through books and study but not the thrilling and horror stories please.
Wrong Workout Timings
It is common observation that the people, who do exercises at night, have trouble in deep sleeping. These exercises, done after or very soon before evening, increase the metabolism process, heart beat and blood stream activity. It may take some hours to come to normality and you may disturb your sleep. The situation causes restlessness and body discomfort which all goes against sleeping mode. So if you do some exercises, please do it in the morning or at noon. Better sleep too is necessary for better health.
There may be a lot of other reasons and solutions. The basic thing is to bring your body and brain to a peaceful and calm condition. I pray for your peace and health.