I’ve been having some trouble sleeping lately. Even when I’m really tired (which is most of the time), I can’t seem to fall asleep at a normal time. My toddler wakes me up every morning around 7 and for this reason alone I’d LOVE to sleep before midnight. But most nights I just can’t bring myself to do so. Even when I do go to bed on time, I don’t sleep until 1 or 2. This is me, basically:
In order to be more energetic, I looked up some things to help me sleep. I decided to share 3 things I found you don’t want to do before bed, and what you should do instead, because I’m sure I’m not the only one who has these issues. It’s easy to think you can squeeze in some stuff before bed (like writing a blog post or catching up on my favorite shows), but after doing some research I found out that these are things that I probably shouldn’t be doing before bedtime. Not getting a good night’s sleep can cause weight gain, weaken your immune system and create cognitive problems. Scary! And this certainly explains why I’ve been so tired lately!
Ok, so here we go: 3 things you don’t want to do before you go to bed to make sure you have a good night’s sleep:
1) Staring at a screen
I know everybody knows this, but if you’re like me you probably do it too: catch up on blog posts, scroll through Instagram, watch the latest episode of your favorite tv show… I’m guilty of it all. But yes, your mobile device interferes with your sleep! The blue light these devices emit stimulates the brain, which can make it harder for your brain to then turn off once it’s time for bed.
Tip: if you can’t live without your laptop, tablet or cellphone, make sure you stop using it at least 15 minutes before lights out.
2) Drinking caffeine
Relaxing before bed usually means a cup of tea or, in my case, a can of diet coke. Unfortunately, what you’re drinking can keep you tossing and turning once you’re in bed. Sodas and most teas have caffeine which give you a temporary energy boost. Stay away from caffeine!
Tip: Make sure you’re drinking decaffeinated tea instead.
3) Worry about things
It’s very important when you get into bed that you put any worries to the back of your mind and forget about them until the morning. Worrying about things before you go to sleep means that your brain is working overtime and it won’t you won’t be able to switch off and fall asleep.
Tip: If it helps you could write your worries down on a piece of paper which will help erase them from your mind and let you get some sleep.
It’s become VERY frustrating for me to constantly have problems getting to sleep each night. If you know of some other things not to do before bedtime, please let me know!