Why Can't I Sleep?

Posted by ShopSomaLife on 6/24/2015 to Vitamins and Supplements
A lot can keep us awake at night. The list of things we need to do the next day, appointments we need to remember to keep, a difficult conversation that keeps replaying over and over. A line from that stupid song that’s been stuck in your head for the past three days. Your worries keep you awake.

Having insomnia, or the inability to sleep, despite one’s exhaustion is especially debilitating. Lack of sleep can cause an inability to think clearly or concentrate, it affects memory, and can cause mental health and emotional issues such as depression and anxiety disorders. Children who don’t get enough sleep may develop learning disabilities.

Limit your intake of caffeinated products. Drink “half-caff” instead of full-strength coffee. You may suffer a headache in the next day or two, but drinking plenty of water will reduce caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Cut back on the soda. Drink fruit juice instead if you crave sugar.
Drink more water. Water is the most important substance on the planet. Life cannot exist without it. Dehydration is also a common cause for insomnia. If you’re body isn’t getting enough water, it’s going to let you know. Drinking water throughout the day and staying hydrated may help to reduce your insomnia.

A glass of milk before bed might also help. But if you’re still not able to turn off your brain, you might need to look into your insomnia a bit further. It could very well be a physical cause, such as a lack of Melatonin, a hormone secreted in the brain that helps regulate the body’s sleep and wake cycles. Make sure the room you sleep in is dark. Use blinds or room darkening shades. Fun fact: Melatonin is produced by darkness.

If you still can’t sleep, then a low dose Melatonin supplement may be your next best bet. Since Melatonin is already a substance your body produces, it may be safer than taking any over-the-counter or prescription sleep aid that may be habit forming. Used as directed and in conjunction with the methods above, a Melatonin supplement should help you get some much-needed ZzZzs.