Having a good night’s sleep is so important. Rest helps you think clearer so you can actually be a functioning human being the next day. Whether you’re going to school or chilling on the weekend, I know that you actually want to be able to function. Yet, we sometimes take our good night’s sleep for granted and only start thinking about them when we’re having trouble sleeping.
If you’re having difficulty sleeping, you’re likely going through all of the potential things in your life that can ruin your sleep. Stress, school, coffee, and chocolate have probably come up. If you’ve ruled them out but you’re still having trouble getting some proper shuteye, the cause might be less obvious. There could be some underlying health concerns, but it’s more likely that you just haven’t considered all of the possibilities of why you’re feeling so tired. Have a look at eight surprising things that can actually ruin your sleep.
You're Reading Before BedWho doesn't love to snuggle up and read before bed? I know I do. The issue is that if you get really into that mystery novel, your mind can start spinning which means you will have a harder time falling asleep. If you're reading on a tablet or your phone, it's twice as bad because the blue light can throw off your body's sleep cycle. Image source: Getty
Your Bed Is Too HotHands up if you love a nice, toasty bed? It might feel a lot better to slip into a warm bed as opposed to an ice cold one, but a warm bed can actually wake you up. When you're hot, it's actually a signal for your body that it's time to get up. To combat it, ditch the heating pad and hot water bottle. Getting steamy with bae before going to sleep could be another issue because you're heating up the bed in more ways than one. Image source: Getty
You Don't Eat On The RegularYou probably like having a routine. You know what? So does your body. If you go from gorging on pizza late at night to eating dinner at five o'clock then having another late night snack session, it can really mess your body up. Not to mention that it's difficult to go to sleep when you have a seriously full belly. Image source: Getty
You Like To Sleep InThis goes back to routine. As satisfying as it may be to sleep in on the weekends, it can mess up your routine. What's best for your sleep cycle is to try to go to bed at the same time every single day and get up at the same time. Yes, that includes weekends. Image source: Getty
You're Skipping ExerciseYes, you read that right. If you're a regular exerciser, you might have decided to skip your exercise session because you thought that it was affecting your sleep. Well, Sleep.org reports that people who don't get the recommended amount of exercise feel groggy during the day, whereas exercisers have higher quality sleeps. The only thing to remember is that you shouldn't be getting your fitness on late in the evening. Image source: Getty
You Watch TV Before BedIf you're not reading, you might be watching TV before bed. Heck, you might even be watching TV in bed. This is a problem because your bed should be just for sleeping. Furthermore, the light from the TV can mess up with your sleep cycle. Because that isn't enough, your brain can go into overdrive thinking about all of the stuff that you just watched. If you like watching TV at night, try to stop doing it a few hours before you sleep. Image source: Getty
You Wash Your Face With Cold WaterThey say that you shouldn't be using hot water to wash your face, but if the water is too cold, it's bad for your sleep cycle. HuffPost reports that cold water stimulates the body to stay warm and keep you awake. Whoops. Therefore, try to stick with a lukewarm temperature. Image source: Getty
Your PhoneOkay, this one might not be that surprising, especially as I touched on it in the first point, but it's a big one so I want to make sure that I get the message across. I talked about the screen messing up your sleep cycle, but just hearing that beep and checking messages is bad because they're both stimulating the brain. It's really best if you set that phone to silent and put it somewhere you cannot see the light flash. Better yet, turn it off. And use an alarm clock as your alarm. Image source: Getty
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