Why can’t I sleep?

There are many reasons why you might not be able to sleep and some of the most common causes include:

  • Stress: Stress can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. If you're feeling stressed, try to find out what the root cause is.  If you are not sure try journalling your thoughts rather than it being stuck in your head. 
  • Try to relax before bed, and create a sleep routine such as taking a warm bath, reading a book, or listening to calming music, try to stay away from electronics at least an hour before bedtime.
  • Anxiety: Anxiety can also make it difficult to sleep. If you're feeling anxious, try to talk to someone you trust about what's bothering you. You may also want to try relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, or maybe a Perfecting Pilates video to unwind they are free on my website.
  • Depression: Depression can also cause sleep problems. If you're feeling depressed, talk to your doctor. They can help you get treatment for your depression, which may be in the form of talking therapies or counseling.
  • Pain: Pain can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. If you're in pain, use a heat, or ice pack, or try using a foam roller to ease muscles I have a video on using a foam roller on www.perfectingpilates.com. The other option is to find a pain management specialist to work with.  I help people on a 1:1 basis through a holistic approach which will educate the client about what's going on.  I then release the overworking muscles and stimulate the underworking ones.  They then have an exercise program to follow which will change weekly until their pain subsides.
  • Medication: Some medications can cause sleep problems as a side effect. If you're taking any medications, talk to your doctor about whether they could be causing your sleep problems.
  • Medical conditions: Some medical conditions, such as sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and narcolepsy, can cause sleep problems. If you have a medical condition that's causing your sleep problems, talk to your doctor about treatment options.
  • Poor sleep habits: Poor sleep habits can also contribute to sleep problems. If you have poor sleep habits, try to make some changes to improve your sleep hygiene. This could include going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, creating a relaxing bedtime routine, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed.
If you're having trouble sleeping, and you have tried all the ideas suggested above, it may be a good time to talk to your doctor.