You might be committing some mistakes that cause you trouble sleeping at night. Do you recognize yourself in any of these?
Are you having trouble sleeping at night? Well, you are not the only one. At least half the population has an unbalanced sleep cycle. Counting sleep can only get you so far in countering the effect of insomnia. Here are some bad habits that could be affecting you negatively; see if you recognize yourself in any of these, and analyze what you can do in order to sleep better!
Having a snack before bed is not necessarily a bad habit. Some carbohydrate rich foods, such as bananas, actually stimulate drowsiness. Others are strictly to be avoided. Stimulants such as coffee, strong teas and energy drinks can wake you up in the middle of the night and unbalance your sleep schedule.
Many people believe that by sleeping for many hours you can pay back the sleep debt that you have previously accumulated. This is not true, as in order to re-establish a healthy sleep cycle you need two or three days of regulate sleep; you can’t catch up in just a few hours!
A large percentage of people that let their pets sleep close to them report being waken by them in the middle of the night. If your pets are particularly noisy, consider making them sleep in a separate room!
We all hit the snooze button once in a while. It gives us the hope to stay in bed and sleep at least for another couple of minutes before starting the day. However, the extra sleep you are getting is fragmented and thus of low quality.
As smartphones and tablets are a larger part of our daily routine, it is not difficult to find people that bring them to bed. However, be aware that the lights produced by their screens delay the production of melatonin, and cause trouble sleeping at night. If possible, ban your electronic devices from the bedroom altogether.
I hope you found these 5 healthy sleep solutions useful. May they be of help with regulating your sleep cycle!