6 Reasons Why You Can’t Sleep

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team


The key ingredient for a perfect start for the day is proper sleep the previous night. But in this busy world, this has become something that people have started yearning for. Here are a few common reasons as to why you lose sleep and ways in which you could rectify the issue.




1.Room isn’t dark enough


Complete darkness is what is required for a proper sleeping routine. Even a dimly lit room can start disturbing your eye. When we say lighting we also mean light emitted from your television and electronic gadgets. This light confuses your brain and reduces the production of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland which is responsible for reducing your body’s temperature and also promote sleep. Electronic devices are considered more dangerous since the light emitted by them can mimic that of the sun.



2.Exercising too late at night


It is not advisable to workout anytime within three hours before the time you are going to sleep. This is because working out will increase your heart rate and fasten your metabolism. This will result in you feeling restless and waking up in the middle of your sleep. If you are looking to workout make sure you do it in the morning or early in the evening.



3.Drinking alcohol at night


Most of us have a common perception that alcohol is a sleep inducer. But that is not a fact. Though alcohol might leave you feeling drowsy, it actually gets in the way of your sleeping pattern. Alcohol intervenes with the REM sleeping cycle resulting in you feeling tired the next morning.


4.Room temperature


The human body actually looks to slow down your metabolism and cool down your body while you sleep. This requires for you to sleep in an ambiance which is as cool as possible. Switching on the fan not only helps you get proper wind circulation but also creates a low but consistent level of white noise which helps you fall asleep quickly.



5.Protein before bed


Protein is a food that is by nature hard in its composition. Though consuming more protein is good for your health, consuming it before going to bed will keep your digestive system working while you are trying to sleep. Make sure not to eat anything heavy at least 3 hours before you decide to go to bed.




Smokers usually consider the habit as a relaxation. But this is a neurochemical trick played on your mind. In reality, nicotine is a stimulant to your brain. Smoking before going to sleep disturbs your sleep cycle and wakes you up during the middle of the night repeatedly.

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