Cant fall asleep at night? here are 5 reasons why

Everyone knows that sleep is important. If you don’t get a good night’s sleep, you wake up the next day feeling exhausted, cranky, emotional, and find it difficult to focus on even the simplest of tasks. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to figure out why you can’t get to sleep at night. You should know by now to avoid your phone and heavy meals before bed, so what else could it be? Unfortunately, the answer to this is many things, but here are a few common ones for you to consider.

1. You Slept In
When you have a late night, it makes sense to compensate by sleeping in, but this could be the reason why you’re having trouble falling to sleep. When you sleep in, it throws off your sleep cycle, so that the next night when you’re trying to get to sleep, your body thinks it’s supposed to be awake. To avoid this, never sleep in for more than an hour than you usually do, and have a short nap in the afternoon (no more than thirty minutes) to give you an energy boost.

2. The Wrong Noises
Most people think that their rooms should be completely quiet when they’re sleeping, but this isn’t necessarily true. In actual fact, it’s the inconsistency of the noise, rather than the noise itself that wakes you up. To combat this inconsistency, turn on a fan or white noise machine to block out inconsistent and disruptive sounds.

3. Your Bed
If you’re using the wrong type of mattress or one that is too old or uncomfortable, then you’re going to suffer from back pain, which will affect your life in the day, as well as stop you from sleeping. Because of this, it makes sense to take some time finding the best mattress for you. You can find a detailed guide here to help you with this. Even if your mattress feels comfy, you still need to change it every decade, as dust mites build up which can cause allergies. Your pillow also has a big role to play in it, make sure your pillow is supportive and fits properly.

4. That Afternoon Coffee
You should know by now that drinking coffee before bed is going to affect your sleep, but what you might not know is that your afternoon coffee can cut your sleep short too. Caffeine stays in our systems much longer than most people realise, so if you want a good night’s sleep, you need to drastically cut back, and limit caffeinated drinks to before lunchtime.

5. Your Furry Friend
I know that you love your cator dog, but if you want to get some proper rest at night, then it’s time to reevaluate your sleeping situation. As much as I’m sure you hate to admit it, your pet doesn’t run on the same schedule as you, and as such likely disrupts your sleep in a big way. To stop this from happening, make your dog sleep in a bed on the floor, and lock your cat out of your room completely.

If none of these sounds like the cause of your sleepless night, don’t worry, as there are plenty more possible causes out there. If you’re struggling to find a solution on your own, speak to a doctor for some professional help.


  1. Interesting, this is the first time I've heard about white noise machine! If it's getting too quiet, I usually just open up the window and I'll hear the faint traffic noise from downstairs. It does help me fall asleep.

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