Your Sleep Has Never Been More Important… So Why Aren’t You Getting Enough?

Sleep can be wonderful but it can also be a nightmare when it doesn’t like you. With warmer nights and the current anxiety around coronavirus, are you finding it easier or harder to get to sleep? Here’s a collaborative post with a few things to consider if you want a peaceful night’s sleep.

Even the darkest and gloomiest clouds can have silver linings, and even circumstances that are shocking and horrible can bring about positive outcomes. Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to see them. For instance, one potential positive is that it’s making us think more about the things we took for granted, things like our homes, our friends, our families, our work and, of course, our health. We’re thinking about our health more than ever, and appreciating the virtue in vigilance. However, there’s more to good health than eating well and working out. 

Good health means taking care of yourself, and that starts before you even open your eyes in the morning. Getting a restful night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health. While you’re asleep your body does all the essential repairs and maintenance that are necessary to keep you in good health, while also ensuring that your immune system is as robust as it can be. 

So, if you haven’t been getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night, you owe it to yourself to find out why…

You’re Too Hot

In these stiflingly hot summer nights, it can be hard to nod off as you get sweaty and tangled in the sheets. If that’s the case, it could be time to invest in a fan for your bedroom, or try taking a hot bath an hour before you turn in. This will actually reduce your core temperature and make it easy for you to drift off comfortably at night. 

Your Anxieties Are Keeping You Up At Night

Those with diagnosed anxiety know all too well what damage it can have on your mental and physical health, and these are extremely anxious times for many of us. We’re worried about money, about our vulnerable loved ones and the turbulent state of the world we live in. It’s completely understandable that your worries and anxieties may keep you up at night… but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless to do anything about them. 

Try mindfulness meditation, exercise every day even if it’s just a brisk walk, write down what’s on your mind, talk to a friend or professional. Consider any other options available to you for calming anxiety, too. For instance, did you know that CBD oil can help you get better sleep? Try to get a handle on the options for alleviating stress so that you have some tools at your disposal. By taking a little control in the small things, you may feel a little less anxious and more able to compartmentalise your anxieties to prevent them from keeping you awake at night.

You’re Not Eating Well

Did you know that your diet plays a huge part in your ability to sleep at night? The body struggles to assimilate highly processed refined carbohydrates and they can result in a spike in blood sugar that it can be hard to come down from. Load up on wholefoods, especially fresh vegetables and you may be surprised by how much more readily sleep comes to you.

A balanced diet is always recommended, but of course everyone is different and what works for one may not work for another. It’s worth keeping track of how foods affect you and what works best for you.

You’re Disturbed By Deviced

Your phone and tablet connect you to a never ending stream of data, which often compounds and exacerbates anxieties. What’s more, the blue light they emit can inhibit the body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that makes you feel sleepy. Try to keep electronic devices out of your room and have a period of time before bed where you’re device-free to get your mind and body ready for a peaceful night’s sleep.

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Of course this is only a tiny list of ways in which you may be struggling with sleep. Much as there are numerous causes, there are numerous things you could try to improve the quality of your sleep, which is often a case of trial and error.

Does the warmer weather hinder your sleep? Are you finding coronavirus-related concerns are disturbing your slumber?

[ This is a collaborative post & as such the ideas expressed here are that of the author ]

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16 Comments

  1. Ashley
    June 2, 2020 / 4:52 pm

    I’m glad that my depression meds also happen to knock me out. Sleep is a wonderful thing!

  2. June 2, 2020 / 5:37 pm

    After years of working shifts, I had trouble sleeping for long and it just became the norm. I’m pleased to say that I no longer work shifts and my sleep has returned to normal.

  3. June 2, 2020 / 5:41 pm

    I did shift work for years and sleeping was tough on certain shifts. Long hours and doubling back made it even worse.

    Have a fabulous day, Caz. xoxo

  4. June 2, 2020 / 7:10 pm

    The heat has been an issue for years, especially with my husband. We keep the fan on. Also, switching to our memory foam mattress has made a significant difference. We both try to read for at least 15 minutes before going to bed, but it’s usually longer than that. We also painted our bedroom walls a dark blue when we moved in, and that made an immediate impact.

  5. June 2, 2020 / 7:11 pm

    Two jobs and shift work has been an issue in my life, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Retirement is fast approaching to a time when I can focus on writing.

  6. June 2, 2020 / 9:20 pm

    Awesome advice!!

  7. June 2, 2020 / 9:47 pm

    Great post and so many ways we can slip up on our sleep.

  8. June 3, 2020 / 11:17 am

    The heat can destroy my sleep. I prefer the coolness if I’m trying to get to sleep and have to be able to let my feet and legs out but sometimes hotels tuck those sheets in so hard – and I panic in the middle of the night, trying to get my feet loose 🙂

  9. June 3, 2020 / 7:39 pm

    I think sleep health is one of the most important topics we could ever discuss. It has an effect on absolutely every other part of our lives — our relationships, mental health, physical health, metabolism, the whole 9 yards. When we are well rested, everything else seems much more manageable in life. Poor sleep and poor sleep habits increase cortisol, our stress hormone, and that wreaks havoc on our minds and bodies!

    Your tips here are perfect! I hope people will come, read and learn more about what might be holding them back from getting a good, restorative night’s sleep. Not everything is within our control but many of our bad habits are!

    “You’re too hot.” — YES! Oh my goodness. I can’t sleep without air movement. I prefer opening windows on cool nights. When that isn’t available, I’ve got to have a fan on. When I’m too warm, I can destroy a bed! 🤣 Just ask my husband! No amount of tucking in sheets, blankets or bed covers are any match for these hips, LOL!

    Anxiety is another biggy. Your tip of exercise and writing it out for me are the ways to find the most relief. Walking has been one of the most beneficial things I’ve ever done for over-all well-being. On days when more of a challenging workout is needed, it’s not hard to tailor it for that purpose.

    Another stellar post from you my friend! Your tips are always extremely helpful, actionable and presented with such care. You’re awesome! ♥

  10. June 3, 2020 / 7:45 pm

    I have been having problems sleeping since this whole mess began. And just when it looked like things were getting better, they got worse.

  11. June 3, 2020 / 9:51 pm

    I don’t think I’ve slept well since the pandemic hit. Or at least it feels that way! I’m always tired at the moment and think it’s down to anxiety. That, or being too hot. I’m definitely going to try having a bath before bed – hopefully it help not only lower my core body temperature but also help me relax.

  12. June 4, 2020 / 7:42 am

    It can be hard to sleep for too many reasons for sure, but coming across tips on a friend’s blog can be very helpful. 😉
    It’s 3:41 am and I am very tired, but sleep is escaping me. At least I get to say hello! 🙂

  13. June 5, 2020 / 6:28 am

    I always have trouble getting to sleep, and often staying to sleep, no matter what, but yes, when I’m hot it is much worse. At night our AC is turned down! I want it colder when I sleep! 😊
    I am awful about using my devices right before bed. I’m trying to break the habit, but I relax by coloring on my phone! I’m addicted! 😂.
    I haven’t found my sleep to be worse since the pandemic, it’s always so bad. My eating has been much worse. My fatigue is worse, so maybe I’m not sleeping as soundly. I have no desire to do anything really. I think I do, but then the thought of the action is just too much. Whew! I’m tired thinking about it.
    I think I’ll color then go to sleep. 😉

  14. June 5, 2020 / 11:06 am

    Sleep is so important to everyone but when you live with a health problem, it’s even more important but sometimes even more difficult to get the right amount or good quality of sleep.This is sucvh a helpful post with suggestions to get a better sleep.

  15. June 7, 2020 / 2:10 pm

    Charlee: “We have another reason to add to the list.”
    Chaplin: “Probably the #1 reason, in fact.”
    Charlee: “And that reason is: You are not a cat.”

  16. June 8, 2020 / 12:59 am

    This was really needed Caz!! THANK YOU~💝🙈🌟

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