Disturbed Sleep? Here Are Some Habits to Avoid to Get Proper Sleep
Here are some disturbing sleep habits that you should avoid. Steer clear of these bad habits to get a good night’s sleep
Sleep is essential for the healthy functioning of the human body. Not only is the quantity of sleep important, but also the quality of sleep. With our busy lives and hectic schedules, it is important we give our body rest at the end of a long day. But if you’re getting a bad night’s sleep on a regular basis, then it could be something you’re doing that could be disrupting your sleep cycle. Here are a few bad night time habits that you might want to break ASAP!
1. Eating a large meal before bed
There’s nothing like a full tummy or bladder to keep you up at night. Getting up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night will disrupt your sleep. To avoid this, don’t drink too much water before bed as this could mean multiple trips to the bathroom. Similarly, eating a heavy meal before bed could provoke heartburn, or digestion issues which will also keep you up at night.
2. Taking long naps during the day
If you’re not sleeping well at night, then taking a prolonged nap in the afternoon will further disrupt your sleep at night. Naps diminish your ability sleep at night and excessively sleeping during the day could lead to a sleeping disorder like sleep apnea.
3. Exercising right before bed
While it is advised to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, doing it right before bed is probably a bad idea. It is a time when your body should be winding down for the day and intense exercise will cause it to go into overdrive and rev it up. It may raise your body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Try minimising the amount of aerobic exercise you do at night.
4. You’re on your phone before bed time
Phones, tablets and TV screens all give off blue light which stops the production of melatonin, a crucial hormone which helps you fall sleep. So if you’re checking Facebook in bed, you’re basically telling your body to stay awake. Sleep specialist Michael Breus, Ph.D advises an “electronic curfew” an hour to an hour and a half before bedtime.