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5 Reasons You're Tossing and Turning at Night

By: Shawne Poplar, MA LPC-S Licensed Professional Counselor


Ever found yourself wide awake in bed, doing the toss-and-turn dance and questioning the universe about why sleep seems to be playing hard to get? Join the club! Sleep is super important, but sometimes it acts like a ninja in the night.


So, here are a couple of sneaky reasons why catching those Zs might be feeling like a mission impossible:

Your Bedroom Needs an Upgrade

Believe it or not, your bedroom setup is a big deal. Make it a sleep haven – dim, cool, and quiet. And hey, don't forget to invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows.

Snacking Gone Wrong

Turns out, what you eat and drink can be the sleep police. Caffeine, alcohol, and the spicy or fatty food squad can mess with your sleep vibes. Swap them out for sleep-friendly goodies like cherries, nuts, and whole grains.

You're stressed

Stress and anxiety are like the party crashers that keep your mind buzzing when it should be winding down. Try some pre-bedtime chill moves – deep breaths, meditation, you name it. Or, if the stress is on another level, maybe have a heart-to-heart with a therapist.

You're not getting enough exercise

Ever feel like your snooze button is getting more action than your workout routine? Turns out, exercise is like a sleep superhero. If you're not clocking in at least 30 minutes of decent activity, like a brisk walk, it might be playing hide-and-seek with your sleep.

Your phone or tablet is keeping you awake

Blame it on the blue light – it messes with melatonin, the sleep maestro. Try giving screens a break at least an hour before bed or throw on a blue light filter. Your sleep will thank you.


If you're still in a wrestling match with your pillow every night, try keeping a sleep diary. It's like a detective notebook for your sleep patterns – helps track what might be causing the ruckus. Once you spot the culprits, it's game on for better sleep and waking up like a champ!


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