Most of us have struggled at some point with sleep. Whether it’s not getting enough sleep or struggling to get up in the morning, it can be difficult to get the balance just right. There are few things associated with such problems. So, here is a list of ten most common sleep mistakes.
1. The Snooze Button
Never hit the snooze button. It really is much more beneficial to just get up on your first alarm. The snooze button gives you an extra 10 minutes of sleep. In-fact research has shown that ‘interrupted sleep’ can cause us to feel more tired.
2. Disorganized Sleeping Habits.
It’s much easier to get to sleep each night if we have a regular routine. If you’re disorganized with your sleeping routine, you end up interrupting your natural sleeping rhythms, which can cause insomnia and fatigue.
3. Long Naps.
Long naps can disrupt your sleeping rhythms so if you’re desperate for a nap then keep it under the 30 minute mark. Short naps after lunch can help to restore energy levels. But, just make sure you don’t sleep in for a long time.
4. Caffeine & Stimulants.
Don’t drink any caffeinated drinks after mid-day. Caffeine stimulates your body for up to 12 hours after consumption so it’s important to restrict your intake later in the day. Be aware of supposed drinks, which can have a high dose of caffeine.
5. Stress & Negative Thinking.
Stress is a large reason why many people find it difficult to sleep. One of the worse things you can do is be stressed before bed. Stress produces chemicals that physically stop us from sleeping. Try to clear your mind before bed time.
6. Too Much Light.
Our bodies depend on sleep signals to fall asleep and one of those signals is darkness. Make sure your room is as dark as possible before trying to get to sleep. Even a thin stream of light coming in through your window can disrupt your body to produce sleep hormones.
7. Sugar Before Bedtime.
Sugary snacks before bedtime are a really bad idea. The sugar can disrupt the chemicals in your body causing you to wake up during the night. Limit all late night sweet treats. If you’re hungry go for a protein based snack instead.
8. Alcohol Before Bedtime.
Alcohol may initially induce sleep as it is a kind of sedative, however it usually, drastically impairs sleep during the second half of the night which leads to interrupted sleep patterns that will leave you feeling fatigued in the morning.
9. TV in the Bedroom.
It’s important we don’t try falling asleep in front of TV in the bedroom. The bedroom must only be associated with sleep. When you start to introduce mental stimulation such as a TV this can severely disrupt your sleep patterns.
10. Worrying About Sleep.
The worst thing you can do is worry too much about sleep. When we focus too much on sleeping this can cause anxiety and only make the problem worse. Try to go with the flow and let your body naturally get into a healthy sleep pattern.
“Never forget to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose.”Anonymous.