What Keeps You Up At Night?


What keeps you up at night?
That’s always one of the first few questions I ask new prospects. Most, always answer, “nothing at all.”

Now we all know that’s probably not true but I allow it, at first. Face it, in todays world almost everybody has something that keeps them awake, maybe not all night but there is something on their mind.

Now before all the comments start, you know the ones…..
➡️ I sleep eight hours solid….
➡️ Nothing bothers me…
➡️ I haven’t a care in the world…
Let me just say GOOD FOR YOU! Now, for the rest of the world, you know, those of us that tell the truth, what can you do about it?

Here are some things to consider that could help you get the rest your body truly needs.

👉 Be aware of your caffeine intake throughout the day. Especially try not to have any after 3 or 4 in the afternoon. But also know that caffeine effects us all differently. For instance, I can have a double espresso at 8:00 pm and sleep really well.

👉 Like caffeine, alcohol intake before bed could be a major factor for not sleeping well.

👉 Eating, especially a large, heavy meal shortly before bed can cause indigestion, acid reflux and even nightmares.

👉 Exercise. Interestingly enough, for some exercise can help you sleep while for others it can kept you awake. If you are having a problem sleeping and you do workout within three hours of bedtime, try changing the routine and see if it helps.

👉 Try not to have an argument before bedtime. We tend to replay the words we said and what was said to us over and over. This can cause anger to stay built up which will most assuredly keep you awake.

👉 Undiagnosed mental conditions can also play a huge factor in lack of sleep.

👉 Working on your phone or computer right before bedtime. The “blue light” syndrome is real. Like exercise, try cutting it off two - three hours before bedtime.

👉 Worry and stress seems to be the biggest culprit of sleepless nights though. Our brains have a hard time remembering if we did “everything” we were supposed to get done. Big help with this; make a list of things you need to do and mark them off throughout the day. Before you go to bed, look at the list. If there are still things undone, start a new list for in the morning.

By no means is this an exhaustive list, there a many things that can add to the lack of sleep.

I will say, if you can’t get into a proper sleep rhythm, then you may need to seek a doctors help.

Oh and one final thought, if you are having a problem falling asleep or staying asleep, the good old fashion stand by, read a book, still works wonders.

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