Why I Can’t Sleep At Night?

There are many different reasons why a person might find that they have difficulty getting to sleep. Indeed, in our modern society, it is safe to say that more and more people are finding themselves sleep-deprived.

This might not be solely for the fact that they cannot get to sleep; poor quality sleep can be equally detrimental to a person’s ability to focus and concentrate. A bad night’s sleep can definitely make a person feel just as bad and tired as if they had hardly slept at all. And, in the case of this, it is important for people to try to improve the quality of the sleep that they are getting on a nightly basis.

Reasons for Poor Sleep

Numerous reasons for a person getting poor sleep to exist. Understanding and being aware of these different causes may help you to get a better night’s sleep when you retire for the night. Indeed, sleeping better—or even being able to fall asleep at all—will have a huge number of benefits for you and your quality of life; sleeping well will make a person less irritable, as well as making it easier for them to focus on tasks that they are presented with.


Some of the many reasons for a person having poor sleep include:

  • Exposure to white light
  • Watching the time
  • Snoring problems
  • Having alcohol
  • Stress
  • Grumbling stomach
  • Uncomfortable bedding

Exposure to White Light

Many people nowadays find that they have very poor quality sleep because they are being exposed to too much white night every day. This can be incredibly difficult to avoid in our modern society, but it is imperative to try if you are going to get good sleep.

White light comes from modern technology, such as mobile or tablet devices, computer and laptop screens, and televisions. This white light can help to make your brain more alert and active, which is obviously counterproductive to getting restful sleep at night! As such, avoiding white light for as long as possible before bed, perhaps by reading a book or magazine instead of watching TV at night may help you to sleep better.

Watching the Time

If you spend a lot of time watching the time at night, your body will naturally be conditioned into waking up at more regular intervals. This is invariable for many people nowadays, due to early starts for people to make the morning rush hour to get to work.

If you find that waking up to check the time regularly is interrupting your sleep, try removing your alarm clock from your field of vision. If you need to have it by your bed to tell the time, turn it around—but if possible, invest in a loud alarm clock that will wake you up on time and leave it somewhere that you cannot easily see from the comfort of the covers.

Snoring Problems

Regardless of who is doing the snoring at night, snoring can be disruptive for both you and your partner. Indeed, loud snoring from your partner next to you in bed can disrupt your sleep and leave you getting a less restful slumber.


If you are the one snoring, by contrast, you could be disturbing your partner’s sleep and wearing yourself down at the same time. If you are concerned about your snoring, though, then there are a number of home remedies that you can try, as well as a medical intervention if the snoring is a big problem.

Having Alcohol

A lot of people struggle to sleep and try having a glass of alcohol before bed in order to help them. Even people who don’t have difficulty sleeping will often indulge in a glass just before sleeping—and this can wreak havoc on the quality of sleep that you will get.

Alcohol will make you feel sleepy—there is no doubting that. However, while having a little bit of tipple might make you feel like you will be getting better sleep, this isn’t actually the case. In fact, it can cause a whole number of different problems that will disrupt your sleep and leave you feeling less rested than you might have expected.

For one thing, when you have alcohol, you may find that you will need to go to the loo more often; this is because alcohol is a substance known as a diuretic that will make you need to empty your bladder more frequently. On top of this, the dehydrating nature of alcohol may also mean that you will need to drink more water overnight or after a glass of tipple.

This, of course, means that you will likely need to wake up at some point overnight to go to the loo. This, of course, is a huge disruption for your quality of sleep—and many people might find that they will be unable to fall asleep again after!

But that’s not the only reason that alcohol consumption can disrupt your sleep; indeed, not everyone will need to go to the toilet after having a little glass of alcohol. This may especially be the case if they are not getting many hours of sleep that night.

However, alcohol can still be problematic in other ways—namely because it will simply result in shallower sleep in general. After alcohol, while you might feel calm and drowsy, your body will not be able to fall into a deep sleep as easily (if at all). This will mean that you will be drifting somewhere between deep sleep and consciousness all night long; normally, when sleeping well, we will instead experience fluctuations between deep and light sleep.

Clearly, alcohol is thusly a major contributor to poor sleep quality, and should be avoided wherever possible; it is definitely not the “sleep booster” that some people seem to think it is.


Stress is a huge cause of people not being able to get a restful slumber. In our modern society, we are all hugely overworked and have many different causes of stress on our minds at any one time. All of these stresses will result in your sleep also being plagued by thoughts of looming deadlines or difficult conversations or whatever might be causing you problems and concerns. This, in turn, will result in you being unable to fall into the deep sleep that we mentioned earlier—and you will wake up in half rested state as a result.

As such, trying to eliminate stress from your life is imperative if you want better sleep. We realize that this is not necessarily such an easy thing to accomplish. However, implementing good time management practices and trying to stay on top of tasks will help you to reduce the workload and burden on your shoulders—making it easier for you to respond to new stresses as well.

Grumbling Stomach?

Generally speaking, it is recommended that you do not eat a large meal right before bed. This can cause a number of different digestion problems and can result in you getting a poorer quality night’s sleep—however, going to bed hungry is not the answer either.

Many people have their final meal of the day many, many hours before going to bed. While this is a sure way to ensure that your stomach isn’t full up from your meal, you will likely be feeling a little peckish right before bed. Giving in to these cravings could be the answer, surprisingly.

Now, don’t get us wrong; we aren’t saying that you should have a huge meal late on. Instead, though, you should make sure that you have a little bite to eat before bed if you find yourself going to be hungry often. A small snack will help you to dispel any hunger and will then make your sleep a little deeper than it might otherwise have been.

Uncomfortable Bedding

Arguably, this is one of the most obvious causes for a person to sleep badly—but it is often overlooked. However, having bedding that is not comfortable is a sure way of preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep. 

When trying to get a good night’s sleep, it is vital that you are comfortable. If you are not, you will likely be restless and frustrated—and, even if you manage to get to sleep in these cases, the sleep won’t be very good.

The most common reason for people to be uncomfortable at night is due to the bedding being old. An old mattress, for example, will likely not support your body very well and could leave you sore or aggravated. Similarly, poor quality pillows will not help to take much of the weight of your head off of your neck, further preventing you from relaxing and calming down.

So, if you can afford to do so, make an investment into new bedding. Even a new cover can work wonders; if your cover is too heavy, you may feel overly hot in summer; if it is too thin, you might be cold in the cooler months. Keep your bedding clean, too—it is amazing the difference that it will make.

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