15 reasons preventing sleep

Sweet and deep sleep is essential for a healthy life. However, there are too many obstacles between us and sound sleep throughout our lives. However, it is possible that the influence of some of them is somewhat overestimated, and in order to eliminate them, you just need to understand the reasons. Here are the 15 most likely causes of healthy sleep disorders.

1. Studying at school interferes with normal children's sleep

Alas, this is absolutely true (just don’t tell your child about it!). The fact is that children need to go to bed at a certain time so that they can get enough sleep and wake up in time, so as not to be late for the first lesson. But this time does not correspond in any way to the natural rhythm of sleep inherent in adolescents by nature itself. The sleep-associated hormone melatonin in a young body begins to form not earlier than 23.00 (unlike very young children). This means that the teenager is programmed by nature itself to go to bed later. This fact can be used by the guys who are engaged in the second shift in order to do their homework the day before, without putting it off until the morning hours. In the morning, you can sleep a little longer.

2. Frequent urge to urinate at night kills sleep

Martin Gelbard, M.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, cited evidence that prostatitis is the most common cause of frequent nocturnal urination in men. In addition to the need to deal with the treatment of the prostate, the doctor gives very simple and effective advice to men on how to keep the remnants of sleep, even if you get up often at night to go to the toilet: try to do it without turning on the light. In this case, you are much more likely to fall asleep again quickly when you return to bed.

3. Taking certain medications can disrupt normal sleep

Certain medications can cause serious sleep disturbances. We are talking, for example, about medicines for diseases such as asthma, heart disease, arthritis, epilepsy and others. Unfortunately, the only way to eliminate this obstacle is to consult with your doctor in order to identify which components and which drugs are causing your sleep disturbance, and find an adequate replacement for them without similar side effects.

4. Your marriage partner's snoring interferes with sleep.

According to Rochelle Zak, M.D. at New York Presbyterian Hospital, most people snore while lying on their backs. The reason for snoring in this case is the relaxation of the facial muscles. The tongue sinks back into the throat, partially obstructing the passage of air. Dr. Zach recommends putting something under your back to make it uncomfortable to sleep on it, and this would cause the snorer to automatically roll over on his side.

Alas, this method is far from always effective, since in many cases people snore just as loudly while lying on their side. In this case, most likely, it is impossible to avoid the need to contact a therapist in order for him to help identify the cause of the snoring, and to prescribe appropriate treatment, which may involve surgical intervention.

5. The so-called restless legs syndrome interferes with sleep.

Restless legs syndrome is a disease characterized by various unpleasant symptoms in the legs (burning, goose bumps, painful sensations), which usually appear at the time of falling asleep. According to some reports, about 15 percent of the population has experienced restless legs syndrome at least once. Sometimes it is enough to get up and walk to eliminate these symptoms - intentional movements reduce unpleasant manifestations to nothing. If this does not help, it is imperative to consult with a specialist.

6. You often wake up at night to smoke a cigarette

Many smokers feel the urge to smoke a cigarette in their sleep. Despite the desire to sleep, the desire to smoke takes over, forcing a person, at times, to leave the warm and comfortable bed and go to the cold balcony to "reward" his body with another portion of nicotine. In this case, the verdict of any specialist will be unambiguous (and it is unlikely that it will be new to you!) - you must quit smoking!

7. You cannot sleep at night because you are an "owl"

What should a person do if he is an "owl" and cannot fall asleep until late at night? Read a book, watch TV, play at the computer. But what if such night activity leads to the fact that you cannot wake up in the morning at the time that is necessary? Researchers from Brown University conducted a study that produced unexpected results. It turns out that solving the problem of "owls" is sometimes very simple - you just need to take the TV out of the bedroom, put the laptop away and generally try to eliminate all distractions from normal sleep.

8. You are already in bed, and your children will not calm down.

Isn't it true that this situation is familiar to every parent! There is nothing unusual about it, you just need to try to establish a normal sleep pattern in children. Even a special diet can help. For example, you can give your children pumpkin seeds. This product contains large amounts of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that is involved in the production of sleep hormones serotonin and melatonin. Tryptophan is also found in other foods that may be present in a child's diet - milk, peanut butter, bananas.

9. Spicy food for dinner interferes with normal sleep

If you are a Mexican food lover, then you must be familiar with the phenomenon of heartburn. Of course, in order to relieve heartburn attacks, there are a large number of very effective drugs that affect the level of acidity in the esophagus. But the most effective method in this case will be to limit the consumption of such food. If you can't deny yourself spicy and peppery, then try to carry out the last meal of the day long before bedtime.

10. You have a small child who screams at night.

Your baby has just whimpered, and you are already on your feet, ready to rock the baby even until the morning, if only not to cry. In this case, one general advice can be given to young parents - let the child cry, do not immediately rock him in the cradle before falling asleep. If there are no reasons that make him cry (the child is full, he does not have a stomach ache, he feels good), then, as a rule, this cry is quite natural for the baby. "Babies have to learn to fall asleep again on their own, " says Lauren Broch, MD at New York Presbyterian Hospital who focuses on sleep disorders. "Crying doesn't always mean a baby is in pain."

11. Pets in the bedroom can interfere with normal sleep.

Of course, there are many cases of harmonious coexistence in one bedroom of animals and people, but often a different situation occurs. At night, your beloved dog can flinch and bark every now and then (he probably dreams about how he hunts for a squirrel, but that doesn't make it easier for you!). A pet cat can sleep very restlessly, jumping out of bed and sniffing every corner of the room. And your beloved parrot can behave in the morning like an abnormal one, deafening the bedroom with harsh screams. It may be touching for someone, but think about all the problems that sleep disturbance could threaten you. There is only one way out - there is no place for animals in the bedroom!

12. You cannot fall asleep due to the fact that you regularly sleep during the day

Of course, sometimes naps are very beneficial. But according to Richard Strobel, M.D. in Allentown, Pennsylvania, our bodies rarely need daytime sleep if you sleep 8 hours of normal deep sleep a night. If you really like to take a nap sometimes after lunch, then try to reduce the time of this sleep to half an hour.

13. Noise in the yard makes it impossible to fall asleep

As you know, courtyard noise most of all affects not the dream itself, but the attempt to fall asleep. Remarkably, the main problem lies in the so-called waves of noise, when, for example, a car suddenly rolls up to the house or abruptly drives off. The very process of moving a car past the house remains, as a rule, unnoticed - a matter of habit. In this case, it remains only to advise you to change your windows to new ones, with sound insulation. Or move to another bed in a quieter room.

14. The sleep of married couples who sleep together is often worse.

Despite the prevailing stereotype that spouses should sleep together, sleeping in separate beds (and sometimes rooms) is much more beneficial. And in fact - if one of the spouses constantly flinches in a dream, periodically cries out and wakes up, then not only he himself suffers, but also his loved one. So, do not be afraid that you will sleep separately - during the day you will be less irritable, which means that your marriage will only get stronger.

15. Noisy neighbors bother you to sleep

Finally we got to one of the most typical reasons for our citizens - the noise behind the wall, in the next apartment. It's one thing when it comes to a noisy feast - here, if persuasion is useless, you need to call the police for help.