A lack of sleep can be a huge trigger when it comes to our mental well being. Sleep is one of those things that many of us could do with a little more of. We all know that after a decent night’s sleep we can feel on top of our game and ready to tackle anything. However, sleep can be a struggle for some people, and often there is a simple cause with a resolution to help fix it. With that in mind, here are some of the common things that could be keeping you up at night.
I talk about this a lot because I have been there. Stress is one of the leading causes of lack of sleep amongst people these days, and it could be what is keeping you up at night. Work stress in particular can be extremely common. It might be that you have additional deadlines that you need to adhere to. It may be that you need to think about how much work commitments you have and reduce the amount of workload that you carry day to day. This could help you to feel more at ease with work, reduce the stress and sleep better at night. You can check out a great podcast here that I did with burnout coach Dr Haidar Al- hakim.
Having kids can have a huge impact on our mental health. No parent truly realises exactly how much sleep they are going to lose out on when they have children, and the truth is it can vary for each one. You may have one parent who only had a few nights of broken sleep, whereas others can have you up every night. Children can be a huge cause of what is keeping you awake.
Deficient in something
One thing you may not have thought about, is the fact that you could be deficient in a supplement, vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to function. Things like iron, for example, can keep you up at night, even if you feel like you have no energy and your are lethargic. This is when taking iron deficiency supplements can help you to combat this. Vitamins and minerals could be lacking because of your diet, so it may be worth looking into this to see if this is causing you to struggle with your sleep patterns.
Not taking any exercise
A huge cause of not sleeping at night can be simply because your body and mind are not tired enough. You may feel like you should be sleepy and ready for a night in slumberland, but if your body is not ready then you will struggle to fall off to sleep. This could be down to the amount of exercise and activity that you do during the day. If you think this is the cause it can easily be solved, simply by increasing your activity levels and your routine. From choosing to walk places or taking the stairs to accrual exercise sessions and workouts.
Your water intake
Finally, water is such a vital element for your body, and so if you are not drinking enough it can cause issues with your general health and your sleep patterns. Water is needed to help rebuild cells in your body, and so if you are struggling with sleep, then not drinking enough water could be the cause. It might be worth making it a focus and keeping eater easily accessible with a bottle to encourage you to keep on drinking. You will start to notice improvements in your sleep as well as other factors of your life.
Here’s to more sleep to keep the mojo in check!