Are These Bedtime Mistakes Robbing You Of Sleep?
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
I don’t always watch Netflix before bedtime…
But when I do, it’s most likely an action packed hunt-or-be-hunted type of show that leaves me lying in bed awake feeling like I could be abducted at ANY moment.
You NEED sleep. It’s a non negotiable!
However, the quality and amount of sleep you are getting is mostly in YOUR power – and depends a lot on your habits when it comes to catching zzz’s.
Are YOU making any bedtime mistakes that are robbing you of sleep?
Let’s find out!
Why Sleep Is Important
You certainly have experienced what is FEELS like to have a lack of sleep.
Your ability to be a productive and jolly member of society goes from highly capable – to highly CRAP-able.
Sleep gives your brain and body the time it needs to rest and recharge for the new day ahead!
When you don’t get enough shut eye, it has the following effects on your body:
|More likely to have a short temper and mood swings
||Higher risk of chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure
|Weaker immune system, makes it harder to fight off invaders
||Can lead to accidents and injuries, especially on the job
|Leads to weight gain
||Impairs attention, alertness, reasoning and concentration
Not sleeping enough = NO GOOD.
To ensure that you are getting the BEST sleep at night, make sure you aren’t committing one of these sleep-robbing crimes:
Bedtime “Mistakes” That Steal Your Sleep
|Staring At Screens (TV, Computer, Cell Phone)
- Stimulates your brain, causing you to stay awake longer
- Too much light exposure at night shuts down melatonin and makes sleep difficult
- Switch off all electronics and bright lights 1 hour before bed and read a book instead
- Eating a bedtime snack that has refined grains or sugar will not only disrupt your metabolism, but also overstress your organs
- Can negatively influence your hormones, leading to sleep disruption and waking up in the night
- TIP: Eat a snack or foods that PROMOTE sleep, such as bananas, walnuts, cherries, oatmeal, or lettuce about an hour before bedtime
- OR try The Ultimate Sleep Smoothie
|You Don’t Have A Sleep Schedule
- When you don’t go to sleep at a “regular” bedtime, it disrupts your bodily rhythms (“body clock”)
- Staying up later on the weekends can lead to insomnia during the week
- TIP: Aim to go to sleep and wake up at a consistent hour to reinforce your body’s internal clock
- Reminds your brain WHEN to release sleep and wake hormones
|Napping TOO Much (To Make Up For Sleep Loss)
- If you are nodding off in the afternoon for longer than 15 minutes, it damages your sleep rhythm (especially after 4pm)
- TIP: If you need a refresher nap, keep it to 20 minutes BEFORE 4 pm
|Not Preparing For Sleep
- You can’t go from rushing around to bed and expect a good night’s rest!
- Your body needs slow down time to produce enough neurotransmitters to send signals to your brain’s sleep center
- TIP: Put on some comfortable pajamas and write in a gratitude journal to slow your mind and body down
Sleep-Promoting Bedtime Habits To Start TONIGHT
1. Take A Calming Bath (Or Shower)
2. Sip On A Sleepy-Time Drink
3. Dim The Lights
4. Use A Breathing Technique To Fall Asleep Fast
Now that you are armed and ready with positive and healthy sleep habits – a peaceful night of sleep awaits!
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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