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Trouble Sleeping in Your New Home?

Posted by Sally Norton on Dec 17, 2018 11:00:00 AM

It's tough feeling at home in a new house.

Once you’re done relocating, adjusting to your new house may not be easy. If you’re a person who doesn’t adapt to new situations and surroundings quickly, you might end up dealing with all sorts of anxiety.

For example, you could have trouble sleeping in your new home. And yes, this is a stressful situation - getting enough sleep is crucial for normal functioning during the day. But keep your chin up - this isn’t something unsolvable, and there are plenty of remedies out there.

Whether you have sleep apnea or just plain old anxiety - everything will be fine. Really, there’s no need to panic - just keep your cool, and you’ll be back to having a full night’s sleep in no time at all.

Try winding down before bed

As we’ve mentioned - if you’re settling into a new home, this could be a prime trigger for a mild sleep disorder. Especially if you’re in a completely new kind of scenery - like moving to Alaska from a long distance, or going abroad.

And if you’ve been having trouble sleeping for a while now, you’ve only got more and more anxiety as nighttime approaches. Really, it’s a vicious circle of sleep deprivation, but don’t worry - there are ways of dealing with that.


Right now, the first thing you need to do is lower the amount of stress and anticipation you have about sleeping. This kind of pressure only makes certain that you won’t be able to relax and fall asleep. So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, you should take some time before bed to wind down and put your mind at ease.

Plan out going to bed 30 minutes early, and do something that makes you sleepier. For example, try reading a book that’s not particularly engaging, and start gradually dimming the lights in the room.

Reading a book at bedtime is the best option over any screen.

There are plenty of potential reasons why you’re having trouble sleeping

Trust us - no one knows how stressful a move can be better than us. You’ve got a thousand little things to do before you can relax in your new home. For weeks in advance, you’re job-hunting, figuring out how your family will adjust, remembering your car needs to be prepared for relocation - it’s a nightmare. But when you’re wondering why you’re having trouble sleeping in your brand-new home - you should look beyond post-moving stress. There are plenty of causes for sleeping issues that people have, and many of them are everyday things you don’t even think about:

  • Noise pollution: If you’ve moved to a particularly noisy area, it’s no surprise that you’re having trouble sleeping. For example, if there are construction works going on nearby, you may be dealing with long periods of noise. Or even worse - if there’s a lot of traffic going by your new home, you’ll need to find a permanent solution.
  • Electronic devices: In this day and age, it’s hard not to be constantly surrounded by electronics. From your smartphone to your laptop and tablet, you’re basically staring at a screen all day long. And not surprisingly - this isn’t something that’s healthy at all. This constant barrage of content can really disrupt your sleeping patterns. So, staying away from those before your sleep is a good idea.
  • Sleep apnea: If you’re having trouble with your breathing during the night, or you’re suffering from excess snoring, this is a sure sign of sleep apnea. While this may not disrupt your sleep at first, if not treated, this will completely ruin your nights. Soon, you won’t be able to fall asleep at all. Because of this, you should definitely consult a physician about this problem.

Meditation may be your savior

If you’re still having trouble sleeping and calming yourself down as the sun rises, there may be some alternative methods to help you out. For example, you could do some relaxing breathing exercises. At first, it may seem silly, and you may not be able to focus – but, over time, you’ll get better at it.

Controlling your breathing to calm yourself will go a long way towards helping you fall asleep. Try doing these for a week, and you’ll see yourself lying in bed with a clear mind, and ready for some sound sleeping.

If these things seem too boring or simple for you, there are also a lot of techniques and options for meditation. Achieving a trance-like state could really help you fall asleep. Really, at the end of the day, it isn’t important how you do it; it’s simply crucial to clear your mind of stressful thoughts and relax completely.

Women comfortable and cozy.

Avoid late-night workouts

While meditation and breathing exercises are fine, you should definitely avoid any real physical work in the evenings.

Many people make this mistake, going by their layman logic - I’ll tire myself out, and then I won’t be having trouble sleeping.

This may work for many people - but there’s an equal chance that this may deepen your sleep disorders. Why? If you work yourself too hard, you may find that you’re too tired to fall asleep. It seems counter-intuitive; but your body may react to physical stress that way. So, the better option is to relax as much as you can, rather than tiring yourself out.

If you believe your sleep troubles are related to sleep apnea, our board-certified sleep specialists are ready to help you improve your sleep and your life.  The first step is to contact Alaska Sleep Clinic today!  Trust your health to the most comprehensive sleep clinic in Alaska, just named the Better Business Bureau's 2018 recipient of the Torch Awards for Ethics Business of the Year!



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