Unhealthy Things to Stop Doing to Get to Sleep

Everyone knows that a good night’s sleep is imperative to their emotional and physical well-being. Even one night of interrupted sleep could have you feeling drained the next day. Yet, when sleep is irregular or doesn’t happen at all, you could find yourself with serious health problems. Realizing this, a lot of people try to get some shut-eye and try a few “tricks” or “hacks” they believe will do the job. The only problem is, they could actually be doing more harm than good. If you’re guilty of trying these unhealthy ways to get to sleep perhaps it’s time to stop:

Eating Something

Are you eating something to try and go to sleep? Perhaps your tummy is grumbling or you’ve been so busy all day that you haven’t had a chance to eat dinner until just before bed, but this isn’t healthy. When you eat, the acids in your stomach start going to break down the food, these acids can make their way into your throat causing you to feel nauseous or unable to sleep. Try to consume all snacks and meals at least 2 hours before bed.

A Glass of Wine (Or Two)

Do you frequently like to have a few glasses of wine to try and unwind for the day? Though a glass of bubbly won’t harm you, if you’ve started drinking to force yourself to sleep or to try and mask overwhelming emotions you’re dealing with, this could lead to a bigger problem like addiction. If you’re drinking yourself to sleep, please try to find a detox nearby and get sober.

If you’re especially overwhelmed try reading a good book or journaling before you go to bed to try and release some tension.

Watching Television

How many nights do you fall asleep with the television watching you? You may think that falling asleep to something on the television works, but it can actually make things worse. There are a lot of things on tv that subconsciously can cause anxiety. Watching a drama-filled reality show or sad news story before bed can keep you up at night. It’s probably best to turn off the television and turn on some soothing music if you need a bit of background noise to fall asleep.

Cranking Up the Heat

Is it a bit chilly in your bedroom at night? You may be tempted to turn the thermostat up a few degrees at night, but this can actually be the source of what’s keeping you up at night. Your room should be a bit colder when you go to sleep to help maintain a good body temperature. Although you may not be sweating, if your body is overheating it can be difficult to get a straight eight hours of rest. Try to keep the room between 60 to 67 degrees.

You need your rest, that’s a point that shouldn’t be argued. However, there are some things that you could be doing just before you go to bed that could be hindering your ability to get some shut-eye. If you’re guilty of any of the above-mentioned habits, use the advice to adopt new habits. If you’re struggling such as with addiction, it is imperative to find a rehab facility to get treated. For all other health concerns, be sure to consult with your doctor. 


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