Most people have had one of those nights where you find yourself staring at the ceiling, unable to doze off no matter how hard you try. Although it's difficult to know exactly why you're experiencing sleeplessness, it can be useful to try to tune in to your body and figure out why you can't fall asleep at night. Everything from your mental state to the temperature in the room and even what you ate that day can affect how easily you get to sleep, so paying attention to how you're feeling may be able to help you slip into a slumber more quickly down the line.
"Most of the time people should be able to fall asleep within five to ten minutes," Alcibiades Rodriguez, MD, professor of neurology and medical director of the NYU Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center-Sleep Center, tells Bustle. "If it takes someone more than 30 minutes to fall asleep, that would be considered abnormal. Why it takes longer for some is a complex question and depends on each patient, but this is also the definition of insomnia (having difficulty falling or staying asleep or waking early)."
If you're having a hard time falling asleep, you might want to start paying attention to what's going on with your health and mind. Here are seven things your body is trying to tell you when you can't fall asleep, according to experts.