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10/11/2012 @ 3:29PM |336,011 views

** 10 Reasons Why You Can't Sleep and How to Fix Them **

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Having trouble sleeping?  Below are 10 of the most common reasons why with
suggestions on how to correct them.

*1. Your room isn’t dark enough.*

Ideally, your bedroom shouldn’t have any lights on, especially light
emitted from a TV or any electronic device. When your eyes are exposed to
light during the night, your brain is tricked into thinking it’s time
to wake up and reduces the production of melatonin, a hormone released by
your pineal gland that causes sleepiness and lowers body temperature. Light
emitted by electronic devices is especially troublesome because it mimics

*2. Exercising too late.*

If you exercise within three hours of trying to sleep, you’ll
overstimulate your metabolism and raise your heart rate causing
restlessness and frequent awakenings throughout the night.  Try to
exercise in the morning or no later than mid to late afternoon, which will
result in sounder sleep.

*3. Drinking alcohol too late.*

We tend to think of alcohol as a sleep inducer, but

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Sleep is not a habit and falling asleep can be unexpectedly difficult, even
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· *Temperature*: The optimal sleep temperature varies by person but
usually lies somewhere between 60.8 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (16 - 20
degrees Celsius).^[1]^[2]^[3] If the room is too hot, try turning on a fan
and try ideas from How to Sleep Comfortably on a Hot Night. If you're cold,
put another blanket on the bed or a loose sweatshirt over your pajamas.
· *Position*: Always choose the best position that works best for you,
whether you're a hip, back, or stomach sleeper. Also, make sure your pillow
is neither too flat nor too high because either may put strain on your
· *Clothing*: If you're wearing pajamas that are tight, scratchy, or
otherwise uncomfortable, consider changing into something more
sleep-worthy. Try putting on loose cotton pajamas or a long nightshirt. If
that's still not working, some people sleep best when they strip down

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