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Trouble With Sleeping

Updated on March 7, 2012


The human body cannot survive without sleep. Sleep is a natural period of rest for the body and mind during which energy is restored. Sleep is needed to replace old cells with new and also to provide energy to the organs. Sleep is also vital to proper mental and physical development.

Things That Can Affect Your Sleep

There are many things that can affect a person from sleeping. The inability to fall asleep or remain asleep is called Insomnia. Insomnia is a person having difficulty falling asleep or someone that can't sleep throughout the night or a person that wakes up to early in the morning.

The reasons that people develope sleep disorders can be because of Anxiety,Illness,Stress,Fear,trouble with breathing, Noise, Hunger,Thirst or from Medications they are taking. The other reasons that a person can't sleep can be caused from the enviroment. Instances like moving into a new place, or staying at someones house you don't know. Another thing that can affect your sleep is sleeping with someone as a mate and then not having that mate in bed with you no longer.

Odors can also affect someone's sleep. Using a new cleaner in your home that you never used before, cooking certain foods can also affect one's sleep as well as foul odors from something within the home.

Noise and lightening is a big one for me if my room isn't quiet and dark then my sleep is affected by every little noise I hear. So if you work nights and the sun is up maybe darker curtains on your windows can resolve this probleme. If your a person that needs some noise then maybe playing a radio on low will help you sleep.

Room Temperature can also affect a persons sleep. The room could be to hot or to cold. Try adjusting your thermostat to a temperature that's comfortable to you. If your cold maybe add an extra blanket to your bed.

Anxiety and Stress can make it very hard for a person to sleep.Trying to take a bath or read a book or watch television can help relax you before going to bed. If your stress is to overwhelming maybe talking to someone can help relax you and help take away some of your worries.

Illness is another thing that can make it hard for someone to sleep especially if your illness brings on chronic pain. If your illness consite of chronic pain maybe taking medicine provided by your doctor could help as long as it's not a medication that makes you restless.

Medications can also cause you wakefulness as well as alcohol,cigarettes,and caffeine. Limiting your caffeine intake can be very helpful especially before bedtime.

Resolving The Probleme

There are numerous things that can affect someone from sleeping. Not sleeping can cause many problems such as decreased mental function,decreased immune system,reduced reaction time and irritability. It is important for a person to figure out what can be affecting them from sleeping and to try to resolve the issues in order to stay healthy.


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      6 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Great hub! For so many of us a good nights sleep is unobtainable.

    • Movie Master profile image

      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      A useful and interesting hub, I just don't function if I don't get at least 7 hours sleep!

      Voting up thank you.

    • picadilly profile image

      Priscill Anne Alvik 

      7 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

      I found your post short and too the point. We sometimes push our bodies to the limit!! I work the night shift and go to school..two night of work in a row with 7 hours of sleep I know is not enough for me. I keep counting the weeks till school is finished and I can once again find the comfort of my bed!!

      Thank you for the reminder...the gift to oneself...sleep!


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