Here are some everyday sleep habits that everyone does but shouldn’t. Avoid these, and you’ll sleep better.
There are probably some parts of your bedtime routine that are not the best for sleep. You’ve probably heard that scrolling through Instagram and Facebook right before bed can wreak havoc on your rest.1 However, there are equally bad things that many people do each day that impacts rest. Here are some surprisingly common things that can rob you of sleep. How many of them do you do each day?
Take A Long Afternoon Nap
If you didn’t sleep well the night before, you might be tempted to take a nap. You might have even heard that napping can help you feel more alert and improve your performance. While that is true, resist the temptation to nap for more than 30 minutes. It can seriously backfire and make you even more tired. Long daytime naps interfere with sleep. They can also make you feel groggy and disoriented.2Instead of napping, try to keep busy.
Press the Snooze Button
Almost everybody is guilty of this. Although you might feel that you are doing your mind and body right by getting a couple of more minutes to snooze, it can make it harder to get out of bed, say sleep scientists.3 Hitting the snooze button does not allow you actually to fall asleep. It won’t help you feel any more rested during the day, and it might just make it harder for you to get out of bed. You won’t stay any more alert during the rest of the day.
Sleep With Your Pets
It’s hard to resist your fur babies when they want to sleep on your bed. You might even think that it is soothing or comforting to snuggle up next to your dog or cat. However, a recent study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that allowing your pet to sleep in the bedroom can affect your sleep.4 It is hard to remain in a neutral sleeping position if your dog is sleeping next to you. This could cause you to wake up with neck or back pain. What if Fido sleeps on the floor? Unfortunately, this is not good either. The study also found that it can affect an owner’ sleep even when an animal sleeps on the floor. So, go ahead and place Fluffy’s bed outside your room at night.
Exercise In The Evening
Maybe you like to work out late because your favorite exercise class starts at 7:30 PM or it is less busy at the gym then. Although late workouts can indeed be convenient, exercising late in the evening can keep some people awake at night. While some people can use at night and have no problem, for others, this habit can make it harder to fall asleep. Everyone reacts differently to working out. Some people have a harder time winding down after an intense workout. So, if your night exercise has you feeling like the Energizer Bunny, try to work out earlier or less intensely.
Kick the above bad habits to the curb, and you’ll likely find yourself feeling much more alert when you wake up in the morning.