It’s estimated that 50% of us struggle to get to sleep at night, wake up during the night, or stay up too late. That’s half of us regularly not getting a great night’s sleep. Without sleep, our bodies can’t recover from the day, we start each new day a little below our best, we’re less alert and focused, we’re more stressed out, our immune systems can’t work at their best, we can gain weight, and find ourselves feeling agitated and grumpy. Long term not getting enough sleep can even lead to serious physical and mental health problems. Struggling to sleep, or spending the night tossing and turning is often due to one of these five causes.

Money Worries
The average American family owe $8377. Usually, in the forms of credit cards, store cards and overdrafts and more often than not, a combination of all of them. Debt has become a normal part of life. But, that doesn’t mean that it’s stopped keeping up awake at night. So few of us seek help or look at a debt management program when we are having money troubles.

We spend time lying awake at night worrying instead. Don’t make this mistake. If you are struggling with debts, or a change in circumstances suddenly means you can no longer meet payments, get some help.

Not Exercising
Our lives can be incredibly sedentary. If you work from home, or mainly online, you may find that you spend a large portion of your day sat down. Many of us also drive everywhere, even short distances. This can mean that even when your mind is tired, and you want to go to bed, your body isn’t.

Try to move more. Walk short distances instead of driving, go for a walk on your lunch break, ride your bike to work or go to the gym when you are done. You may be amazed at how much better you sleep with even a little extra exercise.

Staying Online Late
Now we’re all online all of the time; it’s easy to stay up late at night scrolling through our social media feeds or playing games online. Both the blue lights emitted by the screen and the content you are devouring can keep you awake.

For a better night’s sleep, switch off and relax for at least an hour before bed. Then, leave your phone in a different room while you sleep.

Work Worries
It’s thought that over 50% of us are unhappy with our jobs. For some people, this is just a phase, or a mild annoyance that passes. But, for others, this is due to severe worries that keep them up at night, dreading the next day.

If you are unhappy at work, speak to your manager about making some changes, or consider a career change in an attempt to find a job that you love.

Sometimes, it’s nothing as deep as worries or concerns. Sometimes your environment keeps you awake. If your neighbors are loud, your partner snores, you live next to a busy road, or your mattress is uncomfortable, you may struggle to sleep. Make any changes you can, or get some earplugs. It’ll be worth it for a good night’s sleep.

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