Getting enough time to sleep seems more like a privilege these days. Sometimes you don’t have time to sleep eight hours a day. Other times, even if you slept eight hours, you still feel tired in the morning, and you can’t explain why.
Poor sleeping habits can affect you in many ways, including health issues, high blood pressure, and it’ll even make you gain weight. There’s a lot of healthy reason why you should get a good night’s sleep, but the most important reason is that it feels awesome.
But what if I told you there are ways for you to fall asleep faster and have a more quality sleep altogether? And what if I told you it all depends on what you do before you go to bed at night?
From not using your phone at night to not meditating so much during the day (yes, really), here are six things you need to stop doing if you want a good night’s sleep.
6. Don’t Drink Caffeine or Alcohol
Caffeine and alcohol are hard to quit, but if you want to sleep better, you’ll need to stop drinking them. At least late at night.
It shouldn’t be a surprise for you, but consuming any form of alcohol or caffeine late at night will keep you awake. But in addition, drinking coffee or beer at night will reduce the quality of your sleep. This is because both beverages are stimulants that’ll give you a boost of energy.
Hot chocolate produces the same effect at night. It’s best that you try to avoid drinking anything at night to give you a better night’s sleep. Plus, we already know drinking too much beer might give you other health problems.
5. Don’t Eat (Too Much) at Night
If you’re someone who’s always up for a late night snack, you might need to reconsider if you want to fall asleep faster.
According to a dietitian from Cone Health Nutrition and Diabetes Management, Kate Watts, RDN, LDN, CDE, eating late at night keeps our bodies working when they should be resting. Your metabolism starts to kick in and your body doesn’t get the deep sleep that’s necessary for a restful night.
Watts recommends that you should leave at least two hours between your last meal and bedtime. You should also try to eat enough during the day to avoid feeling hunger at night.
It’s also about what you eat, though. If you’re hungry at night, try to eat something like Greek yogurt, fruit and cheese, a small handful of almonds, veggies, hummus, or air-popped popcorn.