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Why Can't I Sleep at Night? - Go Deeper for the Truth
Frustrated with Sleep
Losing sleep? Having trouble staying asleep though the night? Waking up completely tired after what you think was a full night's sleep? These are the most common symptoms of insomnia. You wonder and wonder.
You ask your friends. Why can't I sleep at night? Why do I wake up in the middle of the night? Why do I keep tossing and turning for hours in bed and get only a few hours sleep at night?
You read as much as possible, even ask your doctor. You try out everything and you bring about all the changes that you think may help you get a good night's sleep. You eat a light dinner. You stop taking your usual dose of caffeine in the evening. You switch to doing something relaxing before heading to bed. Everything is in vain.
Well, before you think that this is another article that talks about how certain medications, diseases, and lifestyle habits may be responsible for your poor sleep, read on. You may just find something interesting here that could be the root cause of your insomnia.
Dig deep for the cause of your insomnia
If you have already ruled out everything else that most people tell you about, it is time to look deeper. It is time to look deeper into your psyche. It is time to go further into your soul.
The guilt of a past event or a deep loss or betrayal or your soul calling for your attention could be the reason for your lack of sleep. Anything that has a deep impact on your heart, mind and soul could be the reason for your sleeplessness.
What could it be? What could be your reason? Is something troubling your soul? Is something weighing on your mind?
Suppressing emotions can make you lose sleep
The circumstances of your life can sometimes cause you to lose sleep. Call it stress, depression, anger, sadness, or any other so-called "negative emotion". However, while most people are able to get over difficult life situations, others are not so successful.
Often, we go through a tough situation and come out of it successfully as well. But the question is how you define "coming out successfully". Grieving for your loss, acknowledging it, accepting your loss, and letting go and moving on is one thing. However, suppressing your emotions is another thing.
Consider the breaking up of a relationship. How did you deal with the pain? Of course, there was pain. You were hurt. Someone you thought would be a part of your life forever just walked out of your life. There may be a betrayal involved. Or it may just be simple falling apart, a distance that kept growing between the two of you. The reason could be any.
The important thing is how did you deal with it? Did you spend time asking some hard-hitting questions? Did you cry? Did you share your feelings with someone? Did you express your anger and pain in some form? Or did you just say "whatever" and go on from one to the other relationship?
If you dealt with the loss of your relationship in a healthy way, you will sooner or later get back your usual life as well as your usual sleep. If not, you are going to lose sleep. Suppressed emotions will keep haunting you. They will wake you up in the middle of the night. They will make you feel exhausted even after having a so-called "full night's sleep".
Simply said, if you have tried everything and nothing seems to help you get back your sleep, it is time to look at some suppressed emotions. Your dreams may give you a very good signal about what you are suppressing. What is often called your intuition or gut feeling can give you a sign. That thought that suddenly comes into your mind and you immediately push it away? It could be the answer to your question about why you can't sleep at night.
Ignoring the call of your soul may cause insomnia
Why can't I sleep at night? Well, maybe your soul has the answer to this question. Often, we are so busy with our lives that we just don't pay attention to our spirit. You are earning money. Have a great job. A wonderful partner and great children! You seem to have it all!
Yet, try as you may, you just can't understand why you can't sleep at night. It could be a long forgotten life purpose. Something that you intended to do when you were young but forgot all about it while living what may have been a wonderful life.
It is time to ask some questions. Is your soul keeping you up all night? What does your spirit want? What was it that you intended to do years back when you were probably young and innocent and wanted to make a real difference to the world? Your soul wants your attention. It is telling you that it is time to get back to your forgotten life purpose.
A feeling of guilt can lead to sleeplessness
Guilt can drive your crazy. A wrong deed, a pain caused to a loved one, a harm caused by your own selfishness. It can be anything. You think you haven't done anything wrong. You tell yourself you do not regret what you did. You convince yourself you do not feel guilty.
Yet, you just can't forget. You wake up in the middle of the night with your guilt choking you. You get into bed and this thought just won't go away, keeping you up for hours and hours. Ask yourself: Why can't I sleep at night? Is it my guilt? Is it what I did ten years back? If the answer is yes, then you know the cause of your insomnia.
Guilt has to be accepted. If there is anything that you can do to undo the harm that you caused, do it. Anything that helps heal your heart and reduce your guilt, do it. If you think you should apologize, do it. If you can return something that you stole from the other person, do it. Simply said, tackle the guilt and you will get back your lost sleep.
Thinking that you are not good enough
The worst part about guilt is that often people accept it as something that they have to live throughout their lives. True, you cannot undo the harm that your actions caused. But if you learnt your lesson and never repeated it again, did everything in your power to "right the wrong", there is no need to keep punishing yourself for one mistake.
This can make you think that you are not a good person. You have probably done hundreds of good deeds since that one mistake but these are not enough. You still judge yourself with that one mistake. You are not a good person, you tell yourself. This can make it difficult for you to fall asleep.
However, the fact is that you did do something wrong but you can't go back in time and undo it. It has happened. It is time to take steps that can help heal the guilt. Ask yourself what is it that you can do to turn your mistake and your guilt into something positive. There will be the solution to your guilt, that heaviness in your heart, as well as your insomnia.
Go deeper to find the cause of your insomnia
Now, here we talk about only a few causes of insomnia. However, there are definitely more. The idea of putting these reasons here is to bring to your attention that a good sleep is a result of a happy, complete, and fulfilled person. If you are not aware of your emotions and your deepest desires and thoughts, your sleep is going to be affected.
If you have already ruled out the most common causes of insomnia, it is time to go deeper. So, ask yourself a few questions. Why can't I sleep at night? Do I feel incomplete? Is it because I miss something? Do I regret what I did last year or twenty years back? Do I feel I am not a good person just because I did something that I shouldn't have done? Ask and you will surely find the reason for your sleeplessness.
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