Getting high-quality sleep is essential to staying productive. The quality of your sleep is also important when it comes to your health.
Unfortunately, many people out there have bad habits that detract from the quality of their sleep. The following are seven bad habits to change now if you want better sleep quality.
Sleeping too much during the day
Taking a nap during the day may not be a good idea for you if you are struggling to sleep through the night. If you do take a nap during the day, it's important to make sure your nap is fairly short and that you take it in the early part of the day rather than in the late afternoon or evening.
Working in a dimly lit environment during the day
The human body tends to be highly influenced by exposure to light. Being exposed to daylight during the day and attempting to fall asleep in the dark help regulate one's circadian rhythm and promote healthy sleep.
For this reason, it's important to make sure that you are exposed to daylight during the day and that you are not spending too much of your daylight hours in a dimly lit environment.
Not exercising frequently
You probably already know how important exercise is for staying healthy. You might not realize how important getting regular exercise is when it comes to sleep quality.
Exercising during the day can tire you out and make it easier for you to fall asleep at night. Exercise also improves sleep quality and makes it more likely that an individual will manage to sleep through the night.
Consuming too much alcohol
Alcohol is notorious for detracting from sleep quality. Alcohol detracts from sleep quality by preventing or minimizing REM sleep that is important for achieving quality rest at night.
Consuming caffeine in the evening
Caffeine is a stimulant that boosts activity in the brain and central nervous system so that falling asleep becomes more difficult.
If you enjoy consuming caffeinated beverages or foods like chocolate that contain caffeine, make sure that you consume them early in the day so that caffeine doesn't interfere with your sleep schedule.
Drinking or eating too close to bedtime
Eating a big meal before going to sleep can lead to digestive issues, such as heartburn, that make it hard to sleep comfortably. Also, drinking too close to bedtime can cause interruptions in sleep when one has to get up to urinate.
Getting in bed when you're not tired
While it's important to establish a regular sleep routine to optimize sleep quality, it's important to avoid going to bed before you feel tired enough to sleep.
If you go to bed when you're not yet tired, you could become frustrated with struggling to sleep. This frustration could keep you awake longer and throw off your sleep schedule.
For more information, visit a clinic, like Sleep Therapy Center.
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