5 Biggest Obstacles to Healthy Sleep

From the impact of technology to a hectic lifestyle, many obstacles can get in the way of a healthy sleep routine.
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Our overall health and well-being depend on getting a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, for many of us, getting the sleep we need can feel like an uphill battle. Many people would love to get the recommended amount of sleep each night and not feel like a zombie while downing cup after cup of coffee during the day.

From the impact of technology to a hectic lifestyle, many obstacles can get in the way of a healthy sleep routine. Whether you are experiencing occasional restless nights or are consistently sleep-deprived, there are ways to improve your sleep. This article will explore the biggest obstacles to healthy sleep and how to overcome them.


Noise may make it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep. You may be unable to block out all the noise while sleeping if you live in a loud environment. Start by using a white noise machine or fan to drown out the environmental noise. Earplugs may be another option if the white noise doesn’t help. It is also helpful to cover floors with rugs to minimize echo and to use thick window coverings or curtains to keep the room quiet.

Worry and Stress

Worry and stress are two issues that prevent people from sleeping well. In many cases, people who are worried and stressed spend a great deal of time lying in bed wide awake. Getting to sleep and staying asleep can be difficult, similar to insomnia symptoms. Since lack of sleep can negatively impact one’s mind, it causes a cyclical effect.

Meditation is one technique for quieting the mind and calming the body. Breathing exercises, sound therapy, and guided meditation are a few of the various types of meditation. Each of these techniques can reduce worry and stress.

Too Hot

It is vital that your bedroom is cool and comfortable. Getting comfortable and falling asleep can be difficult in a stuffy or hot room. Many people suffer from this problem, and it can influence why they sweat at night and don’t sleep well.

By adjusting the thermostat, opening a window, or turning on a fan, you can lower the temperature in the room. Sleeping in cool, comfortable clothes is also essential. Layer the bed with blankets you can take off when getting too warm.

Scrolling Social Media

Some people may have more difficulty getting quality sleep since social media and smartphones came into our lives. Having a constant connection can have a negative effect in some ways because we cannot shut it off when we need rest. Be sure to silence your electronics before going to bed to avoid notifications. Even the slightest sound from a text message can interrupt sleep and disrupt a person from experiencing a complete sleep cycle. In a situation in which this occurs frequently enough, sleep deprivation gradually becomes a problem.


No one enjoys tossing and turning all night. You can’t get a sufficient amount of sleep if you’re uncomfortable. The first step is to determine what sleeping position is most comfortable for you. Try lying on your back or side to relieve pressure on your lower back. Stomach sleeping is not ideal because your spine cannot align, leading to stiffness the following day.

The second thing to do is to determine if you need to replace your bedding. For instance, flannel sheets might be cozy in the winter but too hot in the summer. Furthermore, soft pillows may sound great, but they may not provide enough neck support.


Sleep disturbances will inevitably occur in life. Be sure to take small, regular steps to prevent or minimize obstacles within your control. By eliminating or decreasing the severity of these sleep obstacles from your daily life, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day after a good night’s sleep.

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The information we provide at welldoc.com is not medical advice, nor is it intended to replace a consultation with a medical professional. Please inform your physician of any changes you make to your diet or lifestyle and discuss these changes with them. If you have questions or concerns about any medical conditions you may have, please contact your physician.

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