The average American doesn't get enough sleep. Companies have even begun to create new technologies to help Americans track their sleep habits. This may come as a surprise to many; however, if you are one of the millions of Americans that wake up still feeling tired then perhaps you are like many Americans today, sleep deprived.
In an article published by Gallup it was shown that the average person only sleeps about 6.5 hours a night which is approximately 1.5 hours than you are supposed to get each night. But why are Americans suffering from a lack of sleep? There are several reasons: your environment, stress, financial strain and also your employment or lack thereof.
While there may be substantial reasons as to why you are not sleeping at night it is still no excuse to neglect shut eye. It has been proven that getting a good night's sleep is the body's way of fighting obesity, heart disease, mental distress and a host of other issues.
If you're tired of waking up groggy, tired of waking up throughout the night here are a few reasons why you may not be sleeping well.
Your Room Isn't Dark Enough
The darker the room, the easier it is for your body to know it is time to shut down. Invest in curtains and or blinds that help block out light when it's time to go to sleep.
Not Enough Exercise
We know that laying in the bed can sometimes become a discouraging factor when it comes to finding time to work out but if you want to have a good night's sleep you must make sure you are taking care of your body. A recent sleep news study stated that any physical activity has the power to impact the overall quality of sleep. From personal experience it is not recommended that you exercise before going to bed because an increased heart rate may make it harder for you to wind down and get to sleep.
You Need a New Mattress
Believe it or not mattresses are not meant to last forever. Many Americans unknowingly sleep on the same mattress for years and years and often begin to complain when they notice that their beds are much more unsupportive than it used to be. While this may confuse many who don't know much about purchasing mattresses it is not rocket science. It has actually been clinically proven that the average life expectancy of a mattress is 9 or 10 years. The average person has probably only owned one or two mattresses in their entire life. You will begin to notice however that once you have surpassed your mattress life expectancy the mattress loses support and comfort.
You Eat Too Many Late Night Meals
I too struggle with craving pizza and many other carbs late at night. According to WebMD if you are really striving for optimal sleep it is important that you avoid spicy and heavy meals that can be hard to digest and can possibly leave your stomach bubbling all night.
You Don't Have a Consistent Sleep Regimen
We are all creatures of habit. Try developing a routine each night before going to bed. Practice yoga, meditate or pray and do it consistently each night. It is also recommended that you avoid all bright light activities such as playing on your phone, watching television or reading on your kindle approximately 1-2 hours before bed time because it sends signal to your brain to wake up as oppose to go back to sleep. In addition, you should pick a time and consistently go to sleep during that time each night.
What reasons have you found that make it hard for you to rest? Do you have tips? Leave your tips in the comment section below.