Why Can’t I Sleep?

Lying awake at night, wondering why you can’t sleep? Get the details on sleep and supplements that might help.

It’s perfectly normal to have a bad night’s sleep every once in awhile, especially if you’re getting used to a new routine. However, if you’re lying in bed at night and routinely staring at the ceiling until the early morning or tossing and turning until the wee hours, unable to get the rest your body craves, it might be time to take control of your sleep.  

 

There’s a difference between occasional sleeplessness and insomnia. Insomnia is defined by experiencing disruptions in how you feel or function because you aren’t sleeping well or sleeping enough, and it’s something you experience consistently, not just from time to time. If you’re dealing with insomnia, talk to your healthcare provider.  

 

Sleeplessness, on the other hand, might look like:  

  • You find it difficult to fall asleep 
  • You lie awake for long periods of time  
  • You wake up several times during the night 
  • You wake up early in the morning 
  • You don’t feel refreshed when you get up 

 

What causes sleeplessness? 

 

Stress 

Stress is a noted negative for a number of reasons, but the effects it has on your sleep can be, well, stressful. Furthermore, high levels of stress can mess with sleep — itll take you longer to doze off and break up sleep cycles. Losing sleep can interfere with the body’s stress response system, leading to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, which then further disrupts sleep. 

 

Poor sleep schedule  

Nine o’clock one night and midnight the next can mislead your body. Going to bed at inconsistent times can disrupt your circadian rhythms — your physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hr cycle. But with our busy lifestyles, it’s not uncommon to fall off track. 

 

Caffeine and alcohol  

Drinking alcohol screws up sleep, no matter your age or gender. Alcohol acts as a central nervous system depressant that causes your brain activity to slow down. It has a sedative effect that can make you sleepy, but drinking has been linked to even poorer sleep quality. Drinking alcohol before bed can even increase the active suppression of REM sleep during the first two cycles. It might be time to cut that nighttime glass of wine!  

 

Screens before bed  

Melatonin is the natural hormone in your body that causes sleepiness. Being on electronic back-lit tablets and cell phones that emit short-wave length enriched light (blue light) before bed disrupts the whole natural production of this very necessary sleep component. Turn your devices on night mode or skip them entirely for 30-60 minutes before bed. 

 

What can I do about it? 

 

Stick to a consistent routine 

If inconsistent bedtimes are your downfall, try hitting the hay 10-15 minutes closer to a goal bedtime each night to make falling asleep a little easier. Trying to mandate an official bedtime for yourself right out of the gate might lead to even more internal fussiness and inconsistency.  

 

Put the screens away  

Try decreasing your daytime and nighttime electronic use or making your bedroom a screen-free zone. Even watching TV before bed is frowned upon; your go-to big screen can have negative effects on your sleep, too. Keep screens designated to the living room and enjoy a more zen, pro-sleep space.  

 

Exercise  

Moderate to vigorous exercise can increase sleep quality for adults by reducing the time it takes to fall asleep. Even better, physical activity can also help you snap out of daytime drowsiness. 

 

Supplement assistance  

Thinking you might need some extra help? We offer supplements that can help support sleep and calm for adults in different ways.*

 

Sleep Well Gummies  

Get the quality sleep you need to function with this unique formula of melatonin, ashwagandha, and magnesium.* Designed to help relax mind and body and support restful sleep, these gummies also contain an excellent source of magnesium, an essential mineral, to help support muscle relaxation.* 

 

Calm Aid ® 

Life is stressful. If you’re feeling the heat, unwind with the help of CalmAid — it’s carefully crafted Silexan ™, a clinically studied lavender oil that brings down feelings of occasional anxiety, tension, and stress.* Calm Aid also supports sleep disrupted by occasional anxiety.* 

 

Valerian  

Europeans know that sleep is essential for well-being and have used Valerian for centuries to support restful sleep.* We’re following their lead.  

 

Melatonin Gummies  

We believe a good night’s sleep means a better tomorrow. These Melatonin Gummies for adults help you fall asleep faster by supplementing melatonin, a hormone found in your body.* When sleep occasionally feels beyond your reach, the delicious strawberry flavored gummies help you drift off into restful dreams.* 

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