Are you having trouble falling asleep?
Insomnia is not always the culprit; if you think you are suffering from insomnia, you should start consulting the experts, because there are just certain unhealthy activities that cause restful sleep so difficult.
Here are a few top unhealthy things that maybe you are unknowingly doing before bed:
1. Using electronic devices
Admit it, the last thing you do before bedtime is checking your phone for new SMS or checking your social media account – it is unhealthy. According to the experts, the blue lights that are emitted from smartphones, TV, computers, and tablets prevent the production of melatonin – an essential hormone that makes you feel sleepy. So, if you want to easily fall asleep, stop using your phone 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime.
2. Working before bedtime
Sometimes it is unavoidable to bring your work at home; however, you should never do it so often because aside from it is socially unhealthy, bringing your work at home will only create a bigger space for work-related stress, which will cause you difficulties when trying to relax and unwind, especially during bedtime.
Bringing your work at home and doing it before your usual bedtime will only keep you awake due to the deadline that you need to meet. Remember that your mind needs to relax more often to avoid problems with mental health.
3. Drinking caffeinated beverages
Coffee and soda drinks are a few popular drinks that will make you alert. Drinking either of the two beverages before bedtime will ruin your sleep. No matter how hard you try counting sheep, drinking caffeinated beverages will keep you awake the whole night.
4. Consuming heavy meal
Eating heavy meal prior to bedtime is a big NO-NO”; not only that it is unhealthy, but it can also cause digestion problems that may interrupt your sleep. Also, according to the experts eating less than 3 hours before bedtime will increase your risk of acquiring acid reflux.
5. Drinking a lot of liquid too close to bedtime
Drinking water before bedtime provides several benefits; however, drinking too much too close to your bedtime can disrupt your sleep and may negatively cause a problem to your cardiovascular health. If you are having a hard time sleeping, do not drink too much water before hitting the sack.
6. Unresolved fights
Arguing with any of your family member, a friend, or your special someone before bedtime will hinder you to have a good sleep. Sleeping angry can harm your body emotionally, mentally, and physically; thus, it may negatively impact your sleep pattern. So, before going to sleep try to resolve fights, sooner as possible.
Sleep is important to the development of the human body – mentally, emotionally, and physically. If you are having problems falling asleep, try to get comfortable by:
• Preparing your bed well
• Choose the right light
• Use a comfortable sleep mask
• Have a healthy lifestyle
Insomnia isn’t always the reason why you are unable to sleep well at night; it could be your habits before bedtime that hinders a good night sleep.