5 Surprising Reasons You Can’t Sleep

When we don’t get enough sleep, it can have a huge impact on our health and well-being. Sometimes, however, no matter how hard we try, catching some much-needed zzz’s is an almost impossible task.

5 Surprising Reasons You Can’t Sleep

If you’ve ever wondered why you’re finding it hard to drift off at night, it may be due to one of these super surprising reasons.

1. Weekend lie-ins
You might think that catching up on sleep at the weekend is a good way to make up for those lost hours during the week, but it can actually have the reverse effect. If you stick to a regular sleep-wake cycle, even at the weekends, your internal body clock gets into a pattern that means it is much easier to fall asleep during the week. This is because your body starts to understand when it’s time to start releasing sleep hormones.

2. Air quality
Whether you suffer from hay fever or you find yourself affected by air pollution, the air quality of your room can play a huge part in keeping you awake. High levels of air pollution are known to cause upper respiratory irritation and congestion which can in turn impact the areas of the brain that control sleep. Invest in an air purifier or some air-improving plants and keep your bedroom free from chemicals and air fresheners.

3. Loneliness
Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between loneliness and poor sleep quality. It is thought that this is because people experience heightened stress levels which mean more cortisol is released in the brain, making it more difficult to switch off and sleep. This also has the knock-on effect of leaving people more tired and unable to focus during the day.

4. Smoking
Having a cigarette to unwind before bed might feel like a great way to relax, but actually nicotine is a stimulant and works to keep our brain active; In fact, smokers are four times more likely than non-smokers to feel unrested after a night’s sleep. Yet another reason to quit!

5. Old mattress
If you haven’t replaced your mattress within the last 5-8 years, it could well be that it is keeping you up at night. The older our mattresses get, the less supportive they can be, so investing in a new one is key to making sure you have the best night’s sleep money can buy!

If you would like to find out more about how a REM-Fit Mattress, REM-Fit Sleep Monitoring technology or Zeeq Smart Pillows can help you to get a better night’s rest, please get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 020 8731 0020 or email us via sales@rem-fit.co.uk

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