The top five reasons why people have trouble sleeping and how to fix it!

Keisha Oleaga
3 min readJul 6, 2021

If you’re having trouble sleeping, it can be really frustrating. Sometimes the problem is physical and sometimes it’s mental, but there are five things that will help you get back on track with your sleep cycle. You’ll learn why these things are important to a good night of rest and how to make them happen for yourself!

First, let’s start with five reasons most people have trouble sleeping:

1. Stress

When we are stressed, whether it’s from work, family, or other personal issues, our body releases a chemical hormone called cortisol. Whenever your cortisol levels are out of wack your physical and mental body will take a harsh toll. Your body feels the need to be in a constant flight or fight mode, which I am sure you can imagine can cause serious issues to your sleep.

2. Poor Diet

Research has shown that you are more likely to be sleep deprived if you are eating a diet that is high in saturated fats, calories, and sugar. What we eat has already been proven to affect not just our physical body but our mental and emotional self. Eating well and sleeping well go hand in hand. They do not do well without the other.

Eating a diet high in fiber, fruits, vegetables and lean protein has been proven to help you sleep better and reduce cases of insomnia.

4. Too much caffeine

Drinking coffee or high caffeinated drinks will have a huge toll on your sleep. Caffeine is a stimulant and keeps your nervous system working nonstop. Drinking too much caffeine during the day and especially closer to bedtime will not do your sleeping schedule any good. Although some people find they can knock out right after a good cup of hot joe, although yes they may go to sleep, their body is highly stimulated, thus affecting your REM sleep. ( Deep sleep) Having too much caffeine in the system can reduce your deep sleep time and alter your overall sleeping patterns, making you wake up feeling tired and groggy.

5. Irregular sleeping patterns

Not having a consistent sleeping schedule or pattern can not only hurt your sleep but affect the body’s metabolism and our…

Keisha Oleaga

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