Having Trouble Sleeping?
We've got expert shut-eye solutions to six surprising sleep wreckers that might be keeping you up at night.
Healthy Bedtime Snacks
Although eating too close to bedtime can disrupt sleep, eating too little can wreck sleep too. Walsleban says she commonly sees this among women who are trying to lose weight. "They'll eat very little during the day and have a salad at night, and then they don't sleep well. So if you had a light meal at dinner time, you might need a snack before going off to sleep." Small portions of crackers and cheese, fruit, cereal, or yogurt are all good choices an hour or so before bed.
A few lifestyle tweaks should go a long way toward peaceful slumber and a happier outlook. But if sleep still eludes you, talk to your doctor about what might be standing between you and a restful night of sleep. Sweet dreams!
Be a Sleep Sleuth
Be on the lookout for other things that can disturb sleep. These include:
Medications, vitamins, or supplements -- with an agitating effect, such as respiratory inhalers used to treat asthma, blood pressure medications, and oral contraceptives.
Undiagnosed or low-level chronic pain.
An old, uncomfortable mattress -- be sure to replace your mattress every eight to 10 years.
Pets in bed -- that thrash throughout the night or that cause your allergies to flare up.
A restless, snoring, or otherwise disruptive bed partner -- who might have his or her own sleep issues.
A sleep disorder -- always rule out that possibility.