7 Reasons Why You Can’t Sleep At Night

Reasons Why You Can’t Sleep At Night

One in 3 American adults don’t get enough sleep. In other words, they’re snoozing for less than seven hours each night.1 That’s not nearly enough to stop yawning all day long! Sound familiar? You can probably blame it on these seven reasons.

1. You Napped Too Long

If you napped too long, it could prevent you from snoozing later on


A short nap may improve alertness and brain function, but it has to be just that: short.2 All it takes is 7 to 10 minutes, but 30 minutes also works. Anything longer – especially more than an hour – will prevent you from snoozing later on.3

2. You Drank Caffeine Too Late

You could have disturbed sleep if you have caffeine before bedtime


A cup of joe can get the day rolling, but one too many will work against you. Time it right by having your last cup six hours (or more) before your ideal bedtime.4 Don’t forget other foods also have caffeine, like tea and chocolate.

3. You Woke Up Too Late

A late morning means a late night and this decreases the quality of your sleep


A late morning equals a late night, and the vicious cycle continues. Break it up by avoiding napping –especially later in the day. And again, try your best to avoid caffeine six or more hours before bed. Can’t keep your eyes open? Go for a walk or eat a banana, a caffeine-free source of energy.

4. You Drank Too Much Alcohol

Alcohol disrupts your internal body clock


Booze might be a “night cap”, but it actually disrupts your internal body clock. Melatonin, the hormone that controls sleep and circadian rhythm, is also suppressed.5 And when you do fall asleep? It’ll be light, irregular, and the farthest thing from restful.

Alcohol should be consumed in moderation, anyway. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends up to 1 drink per day for women, and up to 2 drinks per day for men.6


5. You Need To Eat

Hunger could wake you up in between your normal sleep cycle

Doing anything on an empty stomach can be irritating, and trying to sleep is one of them. Hunger pangs will double as an alarm clock all night. Reach for a light snack, like whole grain toast or wheat crackers and peanut butter. Avoid heavy, large meals a few hours before bedtime.7 Tummy troubles are the last thing you need at night.


6. Your Room Is Too Hot

Heat makes it really hard to fall asleep

Heat makes it really hard to drift off. And while your room doesn’t have to be freezing, it should be nice and cool. Turn on a fan or open up the windows. To avoid dehydration from the heat, keep a glass of water nearby.8 Stay comfy by using the appropriate blankets for the season.


7. You Are Using Electronics

Electronics emit blue light overstimulates the mind

Electronics emit blue light, a type of light that delays our internal clock. It also disrupts melatonin and overstimulates the mind.9 Before long, you won’t feel the least bit tired. Turn off electronics at least an hour before sleeping. And yes, that includes the television! Finally, for the sake of good sleep, don’t use a smartphone in bed. Your Instagram feed will still be there in the morning.10

Our workaholic, tech-savvy culture makes it hard to adopt healthy sleeping habits. However, sleep is needed for mental function, focus, and overall health. It gives your brain and cells a chance to re-charge.11 Do yourself a favor and slowly nix these habits. You’ll feel so much better in the morning.