Four Reasons You’re Not Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

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Sleeping is a fundamental human activity, and it can be enjoyable as well. After a hard day’s work, nothing feels quite so good as lying down for a rest. However, your pleasant repose can turn into a nightmare if the environment isn’t right for sleeping. If you are having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, here are some of the more common culprits.

Bad Pillows

Head support is a crucial part of getting a good night’s sleep. If your pillows can’t support your head and neck, you’ll toss and turn the night away, then wake up aching. Moreover, if you have certain allergies, then pillows made of improper materials can cause breathing problems and thus poor sleep. Get the proper kinds of pillows for your needs — ones whose firmness works for you and to whose materials you don’t react. Of course, regular rotation and replacement of your pillows is also important.

Old Mattress

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No mattress can last forever. Over time, even the nicest of bedding will deteriorate, getting sags, indentations, and other marks of age. A mattress that has begun to break down will lead to your having an uncomfortable night of sleep, keeping you from resting properly and causing tiredness and soreness. Moreover, older mattress materials are less comfortable and supportive than those used in newer models. You can prolong the life of the mattress by rotating it regularly, but eventually, you’ll need to bite the bullet and replace it.

Wrong Temperature

Temperature is one of the biggest environmental factors in your home, and keeping it at a comfortable level is likely a big source of energy use. But if you are trying to keep the same temperature when you are sleeping, then you’re probably not doing it right. The ideal temperatures for sleep sit a little below room temperature, so adjusting the thermostat before you turn in for the evening is a great way to get restful sleep. If you have children around the house, it’s good to remember that you should keep the temperature slightly higher than you would if your household included just adults.

Inconsistent Schedule

Depending on where you are in life, it might be tempting to switch up your sleep times based on your daily schedule. Sleeping when you are done with the day’s activities and waking up in time for class or work is something that sounds appealing, particularly to young people. The problem is that the human body isn’t designed to work well that way. Your body wants to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, and it works at less than peak efficiency if you try to do otherwise. Some variance in sleep times is acceptable, but adhering to no structured sleep schedule whatsoever is a ticket to exhaustion.

Sleeping well is a fundamental part of performing at your best in daily living. If you are having any problems sleeping, don’t try to ignore them in hopes that they’ll just go away. Be proactive and solve your problems, and you’ll be snoozing with gusto in no time.

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21 thoughts on “Four Reasons You’re Not Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

  1. I am thinking of getting a new mattress soon. I must admit I do love picking out new bedding. I’m the only one in my family who gets a good night sleep. But Daylight Savings Time always throws me off!

  2. Good reasons for not getting sleep, there are other reasons I am sure but bad mattress seem to be the main cause, especially with those springy springs.

  3. I completely agree and I think that each of these reasons has kept me up a time or two. I have been trying very hard to get a full 8 hours of sleep recently but it is so hard at times.

    1. It’s a problem with not being able to shut off your brain. I’ve had the same issues. Meditation, prayer, calming music or listening to something like ocean waves can really help.

  4. Getting good new pillows and mattress is as important as getting new clothes. As you feel fresh and delighting in new cloths, same happens while sleeping on new mattress.

  5. These are great tips! I struggle at times with falling asleep, if I am too hot or cold it definitely affects how I sleep. It is such a small issue but can really bother me.

  6. I get a horrible night’s sleep because my children love to get up at all hours of the day where their dad is on nights and everyone is trying to figure out their schedule. Doesn’t matter what time I put my littles to sleep,they are up at the butt crack of dawn and I always feel like I could have slept another 4 hours! I am also a bit of a night owl, too, which doesn’t help because I could have gone to bed earlier and avoided any confusion being woken early in the A.M by kids wanting to be fed at silly o’clock. My pillows are great, I have enough creature comforts and even sleep better with the fan on!

    1. You’re like my husband, he has to have the fan on. You know children are huge reasons people don’t get enough sleep. I certainly remember those days and there’s nothing than that this article would be able to help with. LOL! But I do have a few articles on sleep training children.

  7. Getting a good night sleep is not that hard, it’s not that easy, too. And these four reasons that you have make it happen for each and everyone. So far, I’m happy that I can still make it to 6-8 hours of night sleep, and I admit it that there are some nights that I can only make 5-6 hours.

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