Eating Too Close To Bedtime
If your body is digesting a large meal, it can be difficult for you to relax and fall asleep. As your mind and body get ready to rest, the metabolism slows down. Hence, late-night snacking can trigger digestive issues that interfere with sleep. Eat dinner at least 2-3 hours before bed. This is enough time for your body to process the food.
Sleeping At Odd Hours
We have a circadian rhythm that is linked to the rising and setting of the sun. This decides when we are most awake or tired. Sleeping in opposition to your natural circadian rhythm can cause hormonal imbalance that makes it hard to sleep. An irregular sleep schedule can lead to inadequate sleep and chronic insomnia. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule that is at least 7-8 hours a night.
Drinking Coffee Late In The Day
Having Coffee Late in the day can interfere with your sleep. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, causing wakefulness and increased brain activity. Avoid caffeinated drinks after 2pm. This provides ample time for your body to fully metabolise caffeine and make sure it does not keep you up at night.
Using Technology In Bed
When we use electronic devices at night, the blue light from the screen can mimic the effects of sunlight, suppressing melatonin production and disrupting our sleep. To prevent blue light sleep disruptions, reduce screen time at least 2-3 hours before bedtime. Try reading or journaling before bed instead.
Working Out Before Bed
Regular exercise is essential for our health. However, avoid working out at least 1-2 hours before bed for better sleep. Try doing some gentle stretches into your routine before bed. This will help you relax mentally and physically.
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