Three Reasons Your Body May Not Get Enough Rest
By Kara Masterson
Sleep drastically affects the way that your body functions. It’s one of the most important pillars of good health, and one of your body’s only ways to restore, heal and grow. Good sleep will make everything that you do a little bit easier, and will positively affect everything related to your physical and mental health. If you’ve gone a long time without getting adequate sleep, there are plenty of remedies available. Some are short-term, and others a permanent. If you want to make sure that you fall and stay asleep every night consistently, make sure that you incorporate long-term lifestyle changes to your sleep routine. With that in mind, below are three reasons that your body may not be getting enough rest.
Poor Sleep Hygiene
“Sleep Hygiene” refers to the habits and practices that you engage in before or during sleep. One example of poor sleep hygiene is using your phone while in bed or leaving too much light in the room that you are sleeping in. In order to improve sleep hygiene, make sure that devices are kept in a different room than you are sleeping in. In addition, make sure that the room is completely dark, and, preferably, cool. Some other ways to improve sleep hygiene include showering before bed, stretching and making your bed as soon as you awake.
Disturbed Circadian Rhythms
When your circadian rhythm is disturbed, your body expects to sleep at the “wrong” time of the day. Your circadian rhythm can be disrupted by staying up too late too often, poor eating habits, or even too much blue light exposure. Your eyes are exposed to blue light through electronic devices with screens, which signals your body that it is daytime. To avoid this, make sure that you have time-regulated blue light filters on any device in a screen in your home. These are easy to use and are generally free.
Hormonal imbalances are also one of the main culprits of sleeplessness. Estrogen, for example, is a hormone that aids in rest. When your body doesn’t produce enough of it, your body can react in a number of negative ways, such as in anxiety. While testosterone naturally fluctuates during sleep, too low or too high levels of testosterone can negatively affect sleep as well. Some studies have linked testosterone and sleep apnea, a condition that causes blockage in the airways during sleep. These blockages wake you up during the night and disrupt sleep. Biodentical hormone replacement therapy is one of the many ways your doctor can help balance your hormones again.
Sleeping properly isn’t a luxury. You may be so used to sleeping improperly that you think of it as your new normal. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Talk to your doctor about what steps you can take to a better nights rest.