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“Why Can’t I Sleep?”: 5 Reasons and 19 Solutions to Help You Sleep Tonight

Reviewed by Tara Michelle, N.D. on May 16, 2019
Written by Sabrina Wilson
Why Can't I Sleep

Getting enough sleep may be the single most important thing you can do for your body.

Even a single night without sleep has been shown to cause massive reductions in your emotional and physical state, while severely limiting your cognitive capacity for the rest of the day (if not for the next couple of days).

Over time the accumulation of poor sleep quality and low sleep duration has been shown to cause an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, dementia, weight gain, and even cancer. With this comes an associated increase in inflammation, and declines in attention, memory, productivity, and athletic performance.

So, to put it simply–sleep is extremely important.

This is why we have put together the ultimate guide to creating your personal sleep cocoon that you can use to get to sleep faster, sleep better and maximize your health!

5 Common Reasons You Have Trouble Falling Asleep

There are a few common reasons that most people have trouble sleeping. Below we list these reasons plus quick links to the relevant solutions farther down the article.

  1. Too Much Light (Especially Blue Light)
    For most of human history, it has been pretty dark at night. But light from light bulbs and electronics has permeated every part of our day and night, to the detriment of healthy sleep.

    It's hard to remove all sources of light from your house at night, but you can make your bedroom into a sanctuary of tightly controlled light that will help you sleep much better. See the following solutions below:
    Blackout Blinds
    Eye Masks
    Blue Blocking Glasses
     
  2. Too Much (Or Not Enough) Noise
    Noise pollution is another artifact of modern life, particularly in urban environments. Too much noise at night can definitely affect your sleep, even if you're otherwise used to the noise.

    On the other hand, some people are creeped out by too much eerie silence and that can keep them from sleeping!  Check out the following solutions to those problems:
    Sound Machines
    Ear Plugs
    Headphones

  3. Too Much Thinking/Racing Thoughts
    We can't blame modern society for this one, it was probably an issue throughout human history. However, modern society certainly isn't helping. Everyone is extremely busy these days and​​​​ it's very difficult to just stop our frantic thinking when it's bedtime.

    There are many factors that can contribute to an overactive mind but the good news is that there are proven methods for calming your mind. See these solutions for more:
    Sleep Aid Device
    Essential Oil Diffusers
    Chamomile
  4. Too Much Positive Charge
    Bet you didn't see this one coming. Throughout the day, we pick up a slightly positive charge in our bodies. The earth has a slightly negative charge that balances this out. However, most people never touch the earth in an average day. 

    This positive charge can affect your overall health and reduce the quality of your sleep. It sounds crazy when you first hear about it, but there's a substantial body of