The 6 Things You Should Always Avoid Before Bedtime
Been tossing and turning lately? Not getting enough time in dreamland can lead to weight gain| weaken the immune system| and make you feel foggy the next day. If you’re constantly having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep| avoid doing these six things before hitting the hay.
| Eating Greasy or High-Fat Foods
Greasy| heavy fatty foods not only make you feel sluggish the next morning| but also make your stomach work overtime to digest all that food| causing discomfort that can make it difficult to sleep. Stay away from fast food| ice cream| and these other foods right before bed.
| Staring at a Screen
Surfing the web on your laptop or iPad in bed is what many people do right before saying goodnight| but the blue light these devices emit stimulates the brain| making it harder for the body to unwind| relax| and sense that it’s time for bed. Even watching your favorite show on TV can cost you a good night’s sleep. If you want to get lost in something| open a relaxing book or meditate instead.
| Intense Cardio
Exercising regularly is the key to sleeping well at night| but hitting the gym right before you’re about to snooze isn’t the best idea. Aside from needing to eat right after| it revs up your heart rate and your energy levels| making it difficult for your body and mind to settle down enough to fall asleep. For a better night of Z’s| finish your workout three hours before you plan to hit the hay.
| Working Late
If you have a big meeting in the morning or a project due at the end of the week| getting some work done after dinner may ease your mind. Just be sure to put your work away at least an hour before going to sleep to give your brain a break| so you can go to sleep feeling calm| not hyped up or anxious about tomorrow’s deadlines.
| Sipping Caffeine
The caffeine found in coffee| tea| and even chocolate is a stimulant that can keep you up longer than you planned. How much caffeine your body can handle depends on you| but a good rule of thumb is to put that cup of joe down a few hours before bed. The same goes for alcohol. Drinking a glass of vino too close to bedtime u2014 or drinking two or three u2014 will prevent you from having a restful night of sleep (even if you pass out fast).
| Getting Emotionally Wound Up
Bickering with your sister on the phone| watching a disturbing show on TV| or reading an emotionally taxing book isn’t exactly helping you on the road to relaxation. Prevent getting your nerves and emotions wound up by engaging in calming activities like reading a light novel| sipping herbal tea| taking a hot bath| or doing some of these gentle stretches in bed.