Bad Habits Make For Bad Sleep

August 30, 2019

Bad Habits Make For Bad Sleep

You’ve seen it all before. The things that we SHOULD do to get the best rest. But what about those things we SHOULD NOT do. After all, if we have bad habits at bedtime, these habits could be what causes us to have bad sleep.

Bad sleep causes bad days. Bad days cause bad moods. Who wants to be in a bad mood? Better yet, who wants to be near someone else who is in a bad mood? So what are some bad habits that a lot of us are guilty of when it comes to things we shouldn’t do before going to bed for the night?

Going to sleep at all different times

Everyone has a Circadian rhythm. It’s that internal clock that tells us when it’s time to go to sleep and time to wake up. By going to bed at different times, we confuse this internal clock. Though it can be difficult to do, going to bed at the same time every night (or close to it) can help one to get better sleep.

Eating and drinking things that we shouldn’t

I am not referring to overindulging in foods, as I admittedly am known to do. I am more specifically speaking to eating acidic and/or high-fat foods and drinking beverages containing caffeine or alcohol. Though most food and beverages are okay in moderation, we need to be aware of the time of the day when we consume them, as they can affect our sleep.

Being “wired”

I am referring to this both literally and figuratively. If you are using technology before bedtime, you might be overstimulating your mind which is not conducive to sleeping. It’s not just computers and smart devices, though, that keep our minds racing. Anything which keeps us from relaxing our minds can be detrimental to a good night’s sleep. Even exercise can be over-stimulating, so we have to be aware of this when working out close to our bedtime.

Not paying attention to what our bodies crave

This one is a little broad, as it covers an array of items. Some people keep their bedroom at the wrong temperature. Other people don’t realize that there IS a difference in pillow types. Making small changes and navigating our lives to find what works for our bodies is the ideal way to achieve the best sleep.

I am guilty of doing all of the above. Though I try to go to sleep at the same time at night, it’s exceptionally hard on the weekends. Even knowing I shouldn’t eat specific foods, I get hungry and ultimately pay the consequences.

At times I keep my iPhone and iPad on my lap right until I am ready to climb into bed! The one thing I am getting better at, however, is listening to my body.

In the past few years, I have changed my pillow and added some nightly routines, and these simple changes have essentially helped me to sleep better.

What bad habits do you have at night that keep you from getting your best rest?





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