Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Do you wake up after a full night’s sleep feeling tired and sluggish? Perhaps you’re accidentally interrupting your sleep with these bad habits. Here are five common mistakes that can keep you from catching those much-needed Zzz’s.


You Stare at a Screen

Checking your Instagram feed, reading on a tablet, and watching TV on a laptop can hinder your sleep. These electronic devices emit blue light, which impacts your body’s natural sleep/wake pattern and makes you more alert.  If you must use an electronic device before bed, install the free Bluelight Filter app that adjusts the screen color to reduce blue light and help you sleep better.

Your Room is Too Warm or Cold

While it’s nice to feel warm and cozy in bed, sleeping in a room that’s too warm can cause you to wake up several times during the night, thus disrupting your sleep. The same goes for rooms that are too cold. Dr. Shelby Harris says to keep your room between 55 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Most people prefer the upper 60s.

You Indulge in a Midnight Snack

While a light snack before bed is okay, indulging in something heavy can leave you tossing and turning. When you eat a big meal, your body has to stay awake to digest all the food you just ate. To get a good night’s sleep, avoid eating within three hours of your bedtime.

You Have a Glass of Wine  

Many think a cocktail or glass of wine before bed will help them fall asleep faster. While alcohol can help you feel drowsy, it reduces your quality of sleep. Drinking alcohol before bed can prevent you from going into a deep, restorative sleep, causing you to wake up feeling tired. If you have trouble falling asleep, try a cup of caffeine-free herbal tea, such as chamomile or valerian. Also, try these simple stretches for better sleep.

You Sleep In

Maintaining a regular sleep schedule can improve your sleep patterns. Not only will it make it easier to fall asleep, but also it will enhance your quality of sleep. Resist the urge to “catch up” on sleep on the weekends and stick to your schedule. Sleeping in can disrupt your body’s internal clock and make it harder to sleep the following night.

Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for your health. Wake up feeling refreshed and well-rested by avoiding these bad habits!


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