Our ordinary life is associated with daily repetitive activities, cares, and troubles. We do not notice how these activities grow into habits, some of which do not bring us any benefit, while others are completely harmful to our health.
Good sleep contributes to success in professional and personal life. Moreover, sleep is the key to health and it directly affects the quality of our life. That's why we offer to check out the list of 12 dangerous habits you may have:
1. Cold Feet
Make sure to keep your feet warm before going to bed. Cold feet may lead to poor quality of sleep.
2. Poor bedtime ritual
Simple bedtime habits like brushing your teeth and skincare procedures can better your sleep tremendously.
3. Drinking coffee 4 hours before going to bed
It's known that coffee activates brain activity, keeps the body awake which means that it will be more difficult to calm down the body and fall asleep. The study shows that caffeine shortens the time of deep sleep, so important for a good rest, turning it into a superficial one. As a result, you can get up tired in the morning, exhausted and grumpy.
4. Uncomfortable sleeping positions
Sleep experts are convinced that a comfortable sleeping position is essential for the person to get a solid dose of deep sleep. Sleep on the left side is considered to be the best position for our body to get some rest.
5. Electronic devices
Like most people, you probably look in your smartphone or tablet in bed before turning off the lights. This time is one of the few moments of the day when you can leisurely read a book, scroll through the mail and social networks. Unfortunately, the study shows that using your favorite gadgets at bedtime influence the quality of your sleep and overall health. Make sure to keep your phone, tablet, laptop far from you, so that nothing will distract you before going to bed. This will help you to calm down and rest properly.
6. Reading books
Reading books can activate your brain and keep the body awake even if you are sleepy.
7. Alarm clock with a shock effect
The way you wake up in the morning is also important for your well-being. Avoid using flashing lights and too loud hysterical sounds, this can disrupt the brain’s normal functioning and can cause tiredness.
8. Drinking fluids
It's better to avoid drinking water or any fluids right before going to bed, it will prevent you from getting up in the middle of the night several times disturbing and misbalancing your sleep.
9. Afternoon naps
Taking a nap in the afternoon may lead to insomnia as the body will get the needed rest during the day time. Still, if you feel that you need a rest, take a 10-minute nap.
10. Poor quality mattress
A good mattress is an expensive purchase, but it is not only about your comfort and relaxation during the night's sleep, but even your health depends on its quality. High-quality mattresses can help getting rid of insomnia, pain in the muscles and spine, allergic diseases. Ensuring a comfortable and healthy sleep, it is easier to cope with a feeling of constant fatigue and irritability.
11. Having a meal before going to bed
Experts recommend having the last meal 2 hours before going to bed. It's better to go to bed on an empty stomach as if it is full, the brain and digestive system will actively work to process the food consumed. Your body won't be able to calm down and relax, so it will take you longer to fall asleep and the quality of the rest will be lower.
12. Working out before going to sleep
Intensive training leads to an increase in heart rate and breathing. During physical activity, the concentration of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline increases in the blood. So, it’s better to avoid training 3 hours before going to bed to avoid a sleepless night.