As we grow older and take on responsibilities, it can seem as if quality sleep is more difficult to achieve. It becomes complicated for us to settle our minds so that we can drift off.

While adulthood brings with it many causes for insomnia, there are adjustments we can make so that we can rest easy. Shedding a bad habit or making a new choice can be the difference between rest and anxiety.

Here are some of the most common reasons that your sleep might be interrupted throughout the night, along with ways you can fix them.

A Sedentary Lifestyle

Even if you don’t have the time to burn calories at a gym, there are ways to shake off stress so that you’re tired by bedtime. Make conscious choices to move around the house and ensure all those vigorous chores are complete so that you’re tired by the time you reach the pillow. Exhaustion comes from action; sitting on the couch isn’t going to help you achieve a full sleep cycle.

Inadequate Mattress

Most people trust their mattresses to help them into restfulness. They don’t understand how much trouble a lumpy, used mattress can cause. This includes muscle soreness, back pain, and difficulty finding a comfortable sleeping position. Mattresses are worthwhile investments; if you can’t sleep lately on your old faithful mattress, consider shopping around.

Poor Diet

What you eat and when you eat it can affect your sleep. Most experts suggest skipping heavy meals two hours before bedtime. Caffeinated drinks ought to be avoided, as they will do the opposite of making you sleepy. If you have to eat something light before bedtime, try fruits or vegetables. Also, remember that the hungry sensation you’re experiencing might be exhaustion; the two are often confused.

Anxiety

If these three tips don’t help, consult a doctor to find out if you have an underlying condition, such as anxiety disorder. Such things cause trouble from the inside, making restfulness difficult. If this is the case, you might need to take medication in order to get the sleep that you deserve.

Sleep is important, but it doesn’t come easily as we’d often hope. Try changing your surroundings to welcome quality rest; you’ll find the days easier to get through when you are no longer tossing and turning.

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Emma Sturgis

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