Everyone needs a good nightâ??s rest but falling or staying asleep can be difficult for some people.

If youâ??re struggling to sleep, it may not be insomnia â?? it could be a lot simpler than that. Here are five things that might be keeping you awake at nightâ?¦

1. Caffeine

We all know that caffeine helps you stay awake, but what you probably donâ??t know is that coffee and fizzy drinks arenâ??t the only sources of caffeine!

Many over-the-counter drugs contain caffeine to stop you from falling asleep. So what do you do if you have to take the medicine? Well, the best thing to do is to take it eight hours before you go to bed.

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2. Aches and pains

Aches and pains keeping you awake? Back pain, neck pain and joint pain can make finding the ideal sleeping spot difficult, which also keeps you from falling asleep..

If thereâ??s a condition that is causing you pain, like arthritis, you might want to speak to your doctor about it. But if you donâ??t have such a condition, your mattress might be to blame. An old mattress can cause back and neck pain, so do yourself a favour and replace it every ten years.

3. Working in the bedroom

Constantly thinking about work â?? or even doing work in bed â?? might be the main reason why you canâ??t sleep.

The light from your computer or laptop is very strong and tricks your brain into thinking itâ??s still day. If deadlines are due and you have no choice but to work at home, itâ??s fine â?? just switch everything off an hour before going to bed. The same rule applies when you watch TV or use your iPad or cell phone.

4. Drinking water before sleeping

Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night to urinate? Well, you might be drinking too much before going to bed. If this happens quite often, it could interfere with your sleep cycle. Try to avoid drinking an hour before bedtime.

5. A hot bedroom

South Africa is well known for its hot summer weather, but while that might be great during the day, it can be troublesome at night. The best thing for you to do is to wear loose-fitting clothes, open a window and sleep with a fan on. In winter, be careful not to leave the heater on for too long.

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