Sleep, or lack of it, is certainly one of the hottest topics of today. Hectic lifestyles and daily demands often push our stress levels through the roof. While needing to rest and sleep to balance out and recover, we are increasingly experiencing bouts of insomnia and have trouble falling asleep. Here are seven factors that may disrupt your sleep.

1. All stressed out?

If your body and mind are in continuous overdrive, they may fool you to work just a few hours more or push you to do some other things, when in fact it’s already bedtime. The list of things to do has no end and issues at work find their way into your mind in the wee hours of the night, waking you up with a start. Going back to sleep may prove difficult. The most common reason for sleeping disorders is stress.

2. A late meal

To digest a heavy meal close to bedtime may play havoc on your sleeping pattern. Your body tries to digest the food instead of taking care of its main function at night: recovery and repair. If you happened to eat too late, why not call a digestive food supplement to the rescue? It is generally recommended that the last meal of the day is no later than two hours before bedtime.

3. Noise and light

The light summer nights may wake you up too early or keep you from falling asleep. Blackout curtains may just be the best investment you make! If possible, also try to eliminate any disturbing sources of noise and blue light emitted by mobile devices and TV’s. Do this at least one hour before your bedtime.

4. Nutritional deficiencies

Many have a magnesium deficiency, which may be caused by chronic stress or a poor diet. Magnesium is a mineral that relaxes the nervous system, so it is recommended to take it in the evening due to its sleep-inducing properties. Our Night Complex is formulated to improve your sleep and contains stomach-friendly magnesium bisglycinate. It absorbs quickly and helps the body and mind to wind down in the evening.

5. Late-night sports, anyone?

Working out is great for your health and well-being but doing it too late in the evening may cause your body to end up in overdrive. This can make falling asleep hard.

6. A cuppa coffee in the afternoon or evening can keep you awake

It takes as long as 5-7 hours for caffeine to leave your system and for some, even a morning cup of coffee may keep you alert in the evening. Tea, cola beverages, chocolate and certain flu medications typically all contain caffeine. Take a look at your daily caffeine intake and considering reducing it.

7. Oops – did a night cap just pass you lips?

A night cap does in fact not help you sleep better. Alcohol may help you to fall asleep more easily, but you will most likely not get the much-needed recovery from your sleep. Excessive use of alcohol is often related to sleep disorders.

 

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