Common Bad Sleeping Habits
Many people have established habits of unhealthy behavior during, and even prior to sleep, which effects how well the body recovers during the night. To get a good night’s sleep you should avoid:
- Bright Screens
Tablets, phones, laptops, televisions—all of these emit blue light, which disturbs sleeping patterns. Try avoiding screens for an hour or so before bedtime, and turn down the brightness to avoid too much light.
- Bedtime Snacks
While some people can sleep better with a bedtime snack, most foods at bedtime will disrupt your sleep by causing the stomach acids to engage in the digestive process, which can keep you awake.
- Sleeping with Music On
Though some people feel they can sleep better with music, having noise with a melody or rhythm (like music) activates the brain, inhibiting it from getting the necessary rest and revitalization. However, having white noise of some kind can help a person sleep.
- Sleeping In
Hitting the snooze button is so easy, but as we’ve pointed out, too much sleep can be a bad thing. Not only does sleeping in affect your health, but doing so can determine how the rest of your day goes.
- Warm Bedroom Temperatures
Your temperature drops slightly as your body recognizes it is close to sleep. A warm room raises body temperature, and makes it harder to sleep—not to mention, waking up in a sweat isn’t very comfortable. Keeping your room cool will help your body stay regulated throughout the night.