9 Reasons You're Not Getting Enough Sleep

Learn what ruins your sleep and how to improve your habits.

9 Reasons You're Not Getting Enough Sleep

Want to lose weight, have more energy, improve your mood and boost your health? Get more quality sleep, suggest science and medical experts. Research has shown that most Americans would be happier, healthier and safer if they were to sleep an extra 60 to 90 minutes more each night. Even if you think you’re carving out eight hours in bed, there could be other factors from your day that impact your ability to fall or stay asleep. Read on to learn about nine factors that could be interfering with your ability to get a great night’s sleep and check out our tips to fix these habits in no time.

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Stress

You’ve had those evenings when you’re lying awake in bed and couldn’t unwind from the hectic day you had, or you were feeling anxious about the responsibilities that lie ahead for you. You’re not alone. An American Psychological Association Stress in America™ survey showed that stress may be interfering with Americans’ sleep. Some people’s anxiety and tension could lead to insomnia; for others, their stress and sleep problems could be due to not winding down from the day before going to bed.

Sometimes, we all just need a pick-me-up. Whether we've been struggling for some time with negative thoughts about ourselves, or a bad day at work is making us feel inferior, it's important to take a step back and regain our self-love. Follow Mallika Chopra, a meditation and wellness coach, in this simple meditation that focuses on breath, positive words and colors. She'll help you recenter your thoughts, reconnect with your emotions and remember your true worth.

For more mindfulness tips from Mallika, check out her website and her new book "My Body Is a Rainbow: The Color of My Feelings."

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