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Which ‘Sleep Mistakes’ are you Making?

If you haven’t been able to sleep well lately, you probably have been making some sleep mistakes. Or if you have been struggling to wake up fresh or have been feeling groggy throughout the day – it’s time to fix the issue. Take a look at the sleep mistakes you may have been making that you need to address right now:

Unstable Sleep Routine

When you have a sleep routine, sleeping each night and waking up feeling rested will come easy. You can achieve this by going to bed at about the same time every night and waking up at about the same time every morning.

Constant Stress

Stress, it is said, produces chemicals that become a hurdle to falling asleep. One of worst states-of-mind to carry to bed every night is stress. So, an effective way to clear stress before going to bed is to think positive and welcome thoughts that can help you fall asleep.

Caffeine

Caffeine has the power to keep your body stimulated for up to 12 hours after you drink it.
It’s recommended that you avoid any kind of caffeinated drinks in the second half of the day. On that note, even certain ‘healthy’ drinks such as green tea, contain high dose of caffeine.

Hitting Snooze

If you’ve set a time to wake up, don’t reach out for the snooze button. You believe you get an extra 10 minutes of sleep if you snooze, but it doesn’t provide you with any extra dose of energy. According to studies on sleep behavior, interrupted sleep is known to cause fatigue.

Long Naps

Taking long naps can alter or disturb sleep rhythm. If you are in dire need of a nap, keep it under 30 minutes, with the nap not stretching beyond 4 pm. In fact, short naps after lunch can help restore energy levels.

Excess Light

Sometimes even a tiny beam of light entering through any source in your room can disturb the pineal gland that’s responsible for production of sleep hormones. This affects your sleep rhythm. So, ensure your room is dark before you sleep.

Television in Bedroom

Often, we fall asleep on the couch while watching TV. But it isn’t the right thing to do in the bedroom though. Make sure that the bedroom is an intimate place and is used for things that are about sleep and relaxation. A TV can seriously impair your sleep pattern.

Sugar before Sleep

Consuming sugar before sleep can trigger an imbalance of chemicals in the body, urging you to wake up in the night. Avoid late-night sweets and if you’re hit by hunger pangs, go for a protein-based snack or food.

Alcohol before Sleep

Most people are under the belief that alcohol can push sleep and consume it before bedtime. Fact is, while it may set off sleep, it can severely impair sleeping patterns as the night progresses. So much, that you may even wake up feeling fatigued.

Now that you are familiar with some common sleep mistakes, start by finding a solution to the ones you may have been making – so you wake up positive.