Getting the right amount of sleep is key to your overall health and well-being. How well you sleep depends upon many factors, including your diet, activity level, and what you do before jumping into bed. You might be sabotaging a good night’s sleep without even realizing it. Here are our tips to help you catch some zzz’s!
Cut out caffeine…in the afternoon
No, we won’t go to the extremes and suggest you eliminate caffeine from your diet, but afternoon coffees can impact your sleep. Caffeine affects everyone differently, but if you aren’t getting restful sleep, try to cut out that afternoon cup of joe. It might seem harmless, but caffeine can stay in your system up to 12 hours. Try to avoid tea, coffee, and soda after 2 pm or switch to decaf.
Avoid Late Night Bites
The hour before you go to sleep should be considered “wind down” time. if you have a meal within that time period, you prevent your body from truly preparing for sleep. Try to have dinner at least two hours before hitting the hay to allow your body enough time to digest before it starts to wind down.
Some people think that because alcohol is a depressant, it will slow the body down to help you achieve deeper sleep. After all, that after dinner glass of wine can leave you feeling drowsy, right? Drinking alcohol before bed might make you feel sleepy, but it won’t help you obtain a restful sleep. Alcohol affects your REM sleep, meaning you won’t get the restorative rest you need.
No Cell Phones Before Bed!
This last tip is becoming more and more relevant as cell phones take up greater space in our lives. Studies show that the use of electronics before bed has a negative impact on how well you sleep. Any device that emits light tricks your body into thinking it is time to be up, making it difficult to get into rest mode. Put away the cell phone at least an hour before bed, and go for a good book instead.
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