Difficulty Falling Asleep

Do you often find yourself lying on your bed for hours not being able to sleep? Almost every one of us has experienced problems with falling asleep at some point in our life. Some are more prone to those than others. But what causes these problems? The reasons are always individual but often related to struggles in emotional or social life, stress, depression, or stage of life. Certain substances, such as caffeine and nicotine, as well as particular diseases and medications, can also make it difficult to fall asleep. If the symptoms occur regularly for several months, you are likely to suffer from chronic insomnia. Long-lasting insomnia always requires medical attention. To be able to fall asleep effortlessly, it is crucial to identify the things keeping you awake at night.

Very often, we tend to expose ourselves to stimuli that make it harder to fall asleep as it gets to the point of turning the lights off. Falling asleep gets harder if you put yourself under the effect of too stimulating activities, such as working, watching television, or gaming. Also, social conflicts and intense thought exchanges increase your blood's adrenaline levels, which makes it harder to fall sleep. If it is anyway possible, controversial and passionate conversations should be had some other time than during the evenings.

Example Habits to try:

Additional Reading


Walker, M. (2017). Why we sleep: Unlocking the power of sleep and dreams. Simon and Schuster.