6 Bad Habits That Are Keeping You Up At Night

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Are you spending your nights tossing and turning instead of sleeping soundly? Sleep deprivation is a medical risk that can be linked to mental and physical ailments. Therefore, it is important for you to get a sufficient amount of sleep every night. If you think that you may have fallen prey to a bad habit that prevents you from falling asleep, you will find this information useful. Here are some of the most common things that will keep you awake.

1. You do work in bed

Doing work while laying on your bed may interfere with your ability to go to sleep in it later in the day. If you are associating your bed space with working, it is difficult to relax there. Plus, it could also make you feel sleepy while you are trying to do your work.  And if you are doing work in your bed and then immediately trying to go to sleep, you are not giving yourself enough time to wind down. It can help if you separate your work and sleep places – work in a different area of your room or in a separate room.  And don’t forget to give yourself time to transition from working to relaxing.

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2. You go to sleep hungry

Some people who are trying to lose weight go to bed hungry. This behavior will disrupt their sleep because hunger pangs will wake them up. This could also lead to them getting a midnight snack, which can cause weight gain. If this is a problem you are facing, try having a protein filled snack before going to bed.

3. There is too much light in your room

Keeping a light on while sleeping can be confusing your body. Light is a signal that affects your body’s internal clock. Those who are sensitive to light should cover as much of it as possible when sleeping. Try investing in blackout curtains and/or an eye mask. 

4. You use your phone too late

In this day and age, you are always connected to our work. You could be receiving urgent late night emails from bosses, employees, or clients. Both the light on the screen and the stress caused by worrying about the next day can keep you awake.  Try setting a limit on how much you can use your devices before bedtime and don’t forget to put your phone somewhere you cannot reach it at night.

5. You consume too much caffeine

A caffeine burst is helpful in the morning, but if you are having it too late in the day it will affect your sleep.  Some may be consuming more caffeine than they realize, so make sure you check the nutrition labels on any drinks you have throughout the day.  Another good idea is to cut off caffeine consumption after a certain time in the day.

6. You are worried

Maybe something went wrong during the day or you are worried about something that will happen the following day, and when you lay down in bed that is all you can think about. This sort of obsession is bound to keep you awake. A good trick to fight this is to change your surroundings – go to another area of the house. Just like you do not want to associate your bed with work, you also do not want to associate it with anxious thoughts.

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