In any hectic life, it is not surprising that a little bit of restlessness or sleeplessness will occur. The worries and stress of everyday life can certainly take its toll on a person’s ability to get the proper rest. However, for millions of people around the world, this inability to sleep takes on a whole other dimension- that of insomnia. Insomnia is defined by dictionary.com as the:
inability to obtain sufficient sleep, especially when chronic; difficulty in falling or staying asleep; sleeplessness.
But that definition doesn’t go nearly far enough to describe the effect that insomnia can have on a person’s life. Over time, chronic insomnia can lead to a host of health problems, a decrease in mental health, and can also affect how you interact with the people around you. In addition, the causes of why a person can’t sleep can be extremely varied. Below are a few surprising reasons why you could be suffering from insomnia- and what to do about them.
Insomnia Cause # 1: Not Getting Enough Exercise
One significant factor that contributes to the rise in not being able to sleep is the fact that many of us don’t get enough exercise in our daily lives. Not only does exercise use up the excess energy we have built up during the day, and help to relieve stress, but it can also help to signal our bodies that it’s time to rest after a long day. The hormones and chemicals that are released into the body after a good workout will help tell the body and mind to relax once bedtime arrives.
What to do About It:
The best thing to do about not getting enough exercise is to try and exercise more, right? Well, not so fast. Yes, I do encourage you to exercise more. The trick is when to exercise. What you don’t want to do is exercise right before going to bed. As any person who works out regularly knows, the time right after the workout is usually spent on a mental and physical high. After all– you just had a fantastic run and your body in ready for more! Instead, save the hour or two before bedtime for relaxation, and do your exercising during the day.