5 things to avoid for a better night’s sleep

5 things to not do for better sleep

1. Don’t do tech

Sleep experts advise that electronic devices give off a certain amount of light - especially in an otherwise dark room. Using your mobile or similar tech in the evening can interfere with the body’s awareness of night and day, making it more difficult to fall asleep when people have been using them right before going to bed.

2. Don’t exercise too intensely

Avoid any type of vigorous cardiovascular or weight training exercise before bed, especially if you are sensitive to the adrenaline rush that comes from working out.

3. Avoid eating greasy or high-fat foods and excess sugar

According to a 2016 study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a higher intake of saturated fat and sugar was linked to less restorative, disrupted sleep.

4. Don’t drink caffeine too close to bedtime

Consuming this stimulant too close to when you want to drift off into a slumber can really make it hard to fall asleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, caffeine can have a stimulating effect as soon as 15 minutes after it is consumed and, once in the body, it will persist for several hours. It takes about 6 hours for one half of the caffeine to be eliminated.

5. Avoid drinking a lot of water

This one should be obvious! Too much liquid before bedtime often wakes us in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.

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