1. You’re hungry
You cannot fall asleep because your stomach is calling for food. Have some healthy bedtime snacks to stop the rumbling but avoid eating too much into a food coma.
Here are some examples of a good bedtime snack: a banana topped with peanut butter, some almonds, lean turkey meat and a good ol’ glass of warm milk.
Try our recipes:
Banana peanut butter smoothie &
Blueberry protein smoothie
2. Your bedroom is not sleep-friendly
Being too warm or too cold can prevent you from having a good night’s sleep. Ideal room temperature varies from person to person. If you share your bed with your partner and you like your room warmer than your partner does, try putting
on an extra blanket or leg warmers.
Another factor that can influence the quality of your sleep is light. Darkness triggers production of melatonin aka the sleep-triggering hormones in our brain, which is why we sleep at night. This hormone level can be suppressed by exposure
to light, especially blue light that is emitted from all our electronic devices.
Solution? Ditch the night light and go for a home candle. Don’t forget to blow it out before you sleep.
3. Your brain is not giving up
In the age of smartphones and Instagram, they are probably the first thing we look at in the morning and the last thing we look at before bed. Using cell phones in bed not only take up your fair share of sleep, exposure to blue light also
has the most harmful effect on your melatonin production and eyes.
Experts suggest avoiding using our electronic devices within an hour before bedtime to give our brain a much-needed break. If you have to use your cell phone, dim the brightness to its lowest setting.
4. Your bed is bothering you
Imagine sleeping with millions of microorganisms every single night. Gross. Not changing your sheets often enough can cause more than just some itchy bites. First, you may get irritation and skin breakouts, then you’re also susceptible
to bacterial infections, skin allergies and viruses. Experts recommend changing your bedsheet at least once in a fortnight and your pillow sheet once a week.
A mattress that is too thin, too firm or too soft can slash your precious sleep hours too. On average, we spend one-third of our lifetime sleeping in bed so a comfortable mattress and a good night’s sleep are definitely worth the investment.