Sometimes sleep professionals sound like a broken record, always telling patients to make sure they get enough sleep night after night. The reality is that it can be hard for many people to reach this goal each and every night. Worse, on the nights we decide to prioritize sleep, those precious hours of shut-eye can be harder to obtain than we would like, leading to even more frustration and sleepless nights.
There are a number of sleep stealers—some secret, some not-so-secret—to pay attention to in order to get great nightly sleep. Here's a list of 10 of the 10 most common that I see in my patients on a daily basis. Fortunately, some simple changes to your lifestyle can help better prepare your body for sleep and greatly enhance the chance that you'll get a night of quality rest:
If you've addressed all of the above and still can't sleep, let your primary-care physician know. There are many excellent treatments—not just medication, but cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia—that can help you get a great night's sleep from here on out.