why we can't sleep
Although sleep deprivation and insomnia are not the same thing – the first is caused by external factors, the second is more of an inside job – the results are the same: crankiness, inability to concentrate, feeling fuzzy, overeating carbs, physical weariness, even feelings of depression and inability to cope.
Causes of sleep loss
New babies: Number-one offender, and, unless you are rich enough to have a nanny, the only solution is waiting for them to sleep through the night. Meanwhile, go easy on yourself. There is nothing you can do except ride it out
Young children: Coming into your bed, needing the loo in the middle of the night, wanting a story, etc.
Teenagers: Coming in late, not coming in at all, phoning at 4am, not phoning at 4am.
Stress: Ninety-nine problems that stay in your head as you try to sleep.
Physical conditions: Being too full, not full enough, too hot, too cold, etc.
Noise: From neighbours, the street, the people you live with.
Sex: Especially in new relationships, where you can't bear to say goodnight.
SOLUTIONS TO SLEEP LOSS
Hard physical exercise: Not too late at night though, or the adrenaline will keep you up.
Yoga: Relaxes the mind and body. Some postures are especially good for insomnia.
Orgasm: See above.
Food: Something light and easily digestible will keep your blood-sugar levels even.
No caffeine: From lunchtime on, switch to non-caffeinated drinks.
A good book: Lulls you from your day towards sleep.
Meditation: Focuses the mind, helps cease the chatter.