The world around us is going faster than ever, and a normal 24 hour day isn’t enough to maintain a balance between our crazy work schedules and demanding personal lives. To manage it all, we inevitably reduce our sleep time.
While it is important to get enough sleep every night, what actually matters is the quality of sleep that you get. Quality of sleep is increased by a consistent sleep schedule, however it can also be ruined by a number of factors. Here is a list of things not to do before bed in order to get a good night’s sleep.
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Do not take a hot shower
Surprised? We are all aware of how relaxing a long hot bath or a shower can be and many people follow this as a bedtime ritual. However, an elevated body temperature might send a wrong signal to the body and throw your sleep cycle off. Our body percept the changes in light and temperature and release a hormone melatonin which makes us feel sleepy. Melatonin production is triggered by darkness and a decrease in temperature. Hence an increased temperature will confuse your body and ruin your sleep.
Limit your screen time
Do not take your smart phones, tablets and laptops to your bed. Bright light from the screens can also throw your sleep cycle off balance. Working in bed just before sleeping can also increase stress which does nothing for your sleep. Many people now-a-days have started limiting their screen times to at least an hour before bed to improve their quality of sleep.
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Do not overeat
Having a big meal before bed is not a good idea. The resources of your body are focused on digestion after a heavy meal, and it can in turn hamper your sleep.
Do not exercise before bed
Working out also raises your body temperature and hence sends the wrong signals to your body about your sleep cycle. You may also feel energetic and active after a workout session and can have trouble relaxing and going to sleep. Exercising just before bedtime can be a reason for all that tossing and turning in the bed.
Do not engage in stressful conversations
Stressful or angry conversations should be avoided if you are planning to get a good rest. Anything that gets your emotions going can make you feel stressed and hinder with your sleep.
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