Here are some reasons and solutions for your sleeping dilemma:
Cause: Fear of the Dark
Explanation: Poor sleepers may have a fear of the dark without realizing it.They may tense up and blink when startled by noises,even while awake,more than sound sleepers do,according to a new study.
Try This: A too-quiet room can make an already-jumpy sleeper more sensititve to stimuli,so turn on a white-noise generator,suggests Michael Brues,PhD,author of the Sleep Doctor’s diet Plan.(Rodale)
Cause: Iron Deficiency
Explanation: If your legs tend to tingle or twitch at night,keeping you awake,it may be that a lack of iron causes your brain cells to send mixed-up signals telling your legs to move.
Try This: Ask your doctor for a blood test to check your iron levels; if you have a defieciency,add more iron-rich foods such as beef,oysters,and leafy greens to your diet.
Published in Prevention magazine