I don’t know about you but I hate when I’m exhausted and trying to fall asleep but I’m tossing and turning in bed. It’s an absolute nightmare where I just want to cry. There are some things, that even I am sometimes guilty of, that we are doing that’s ruining our sleep. Below I am going to talk about mista
Work Out Before
Intense workouts before bed is not practical for your sleep. Try to workout at least 2 hours before you go to bed.
Caffeine In The Evening
Caffeine is designed to block adenosine receptors that naturally drop when it’s time for us to go to bed. When we drink coffee or any other caffeinated beverage in the evening, it can keep us up while we are trying to fall asleep.
Use Your Phone
I am guilty of this from time to time. Sometimes I like to read fan fiction while I’m in bed before I go to sleep and I know I really shouldn’t. The blue light from our phones can really mess up are circadian rhythm which can make it harder for us to fall asleep. Sometimes you tell yourself you are going to check one thing and next thing you know you’re down the internet rabbit hole. I’ve told myself one chapter of a fic and then all of a sudden it’s an hour later. Your goal is to try to stay off your phone an hour before bed.
Leave Your Phone Next To You
Besides being on your phone before bed, leaving your phone next to you is also a problem. This is something I’m also guilty of but I put my phone on do not disturb and I’m usually not tempted to look at it until I get up in the morning. But with most of us, the temptation is there every time we hear a notification. Turn your sound off. And if you are worried about missing an emergency call, there are settings that can have your phone ring if someone calls you multiple times in a row.
Eating large meals or snacks 2 hours before bed is a problem. The biggest problem of doing this is acid reflux. If you are hungry, eat something but don’t make it into a habit out of boredom.
Drink Alcohol To Unwind
Alcohol can make us fall asleep but it also wakes us up and disrupts are sleep patterns. It also blocks are REM sleep so we end up waking up tired and groggy. Ideally, you should try to stop 2 hours before you go to bed.
It’s really important to try to go to bed around the same time every night. I try to go to bed around 10, 10:30 at the absolute latest every night since I usually get up at 4:30 to go to the gym. Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep. Normally, I end up falling back to sleep for an hour when I get back. Going to bed around the same time helps normalize your circadian rhythm.
Are you guilty of any of these mistakes that are ruining your sleep?