Tired of putting your head down after a big day, only to find yourself feeling restless and unable to switch off? We totally get it, a good night’s sleep is often hard to come by and lots of us face the same issue. Poor sleep can be the result of memory issues, mood changes, an inability to concentrate, a weakened immune system, weight gain, high blood pressure and poor balance.
So, if you’re struggling to get a good nights sleep, try and avoid these habits.
- Eating a heavy meal before bed. Without allowing time for your body to digest the food you’ve just eaten. You’re more likely to get indigestion and heartburn.
- Going to bed too early. Going to bed early is linked to increased arousal and sends signals to your body to keep active, resulting in you tossing and turning all night.
- Consuming too much water before bed.
- Using your bed as a work station. Otherwise you won’t associate the bedroom with rest and sleep.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Although alcohol may help you fall asleep, it makes it harder to stay asleep. As your body metabolises the alcohol during the second half of the night, you may start to get restless.
- Use of technology. The blue light emitted from a phone prevents the brain from releasing melatonin, which is the chemical that tells the body its time to sleep.