10 Bad Sleeping Habits To Avoid
Updated: Jul 10
Sleeping is key to our human life. Giving the body time to rest is what makes us the powerhouses we are. To keep track of your sleeping habits, here are 10 bad sleeping habits that you should keep track of.
1. Binging Before Bed
It's well-known that when you eat your body turns it into energy. By eating right before bed it will cause you to stay awake. It's recommended to stop eating the least an hour or two before you plan to go to bed.
2. Working Up A Sweat Before Bed
It’s not only food that gives you energy but exercising as well. It is okay to take the dog out for a short walk before bed. It will be hard to go to bed with all those energy hormones coursing through your body.
3. Staying Up
There comes a point in time at night when you can go to sleep or stay up. You can decide to become the night owl but it might affect you the next day. To keep healthy sleeping habits you should probably go to sleep.
4. Sleeping With Your Screen
You must have heard it a million times, you should not go to bed with any electronics out or near you. It's accurate, trust me, I have totally done this, but even when you are not on your phone it is producing sound. This can affect sleep, especially if your phone is right next to your ear. I recommend reading a book or magazine, it is good for your health and will allow your eyes a rest from the harsh blue light.
Try to reduce the time you spend looking at your screens before bed, this can improve how fast you fall asleep and the quality of it.
5. Taking Long Naps
When you take long naps it makes you more prone to stay awake later and mess with a sleep schedule. Ever heard of a “cat nap”? Catnaps are exactly what they sound like, a quick nap. It is suggested, spending more than 40 minutes napping, can make you more sleepy and/or cause you to stay up longer during the night.
6. Varying Sleep Time From Night To Night
You should make sure you have a general time that you shut off the tech and go to sleep. By doing this you set a sleep schedule, your body will start to naturally respond by making you feel drowsy during this time. By setting the sleep schedule you will wake up at a certain time too and not feel like you waste the day.
7. Avoid Consuming Caffeine and Alcohol
I think caffeine is self-explanatory. It is a stimulant to stay awake. If you do like to have a nighttime cup of joe, try switching to decaf. You can still get the flavor without the extra buzz.
Alcohol might seem like the perfect way to relax when you are going to bed, but there are two things that could be wrong with this. The alcohol could make you so drowsy you fall asleep sooner, messing with your sleep schedule. Drinking before bed reduces your REM and this will greatly affect your quality of sleep. Also, the drowsiness caused by the alcohol can wear off, waking you up and you might not go back to sleep.
8. Don’t Hit The Snooze Button
Oversleeping is never great. It messes with the sleep schedule, it can affect your day, and it's like having a full night sleep plus a nap. When that alarm goes off use all your strength to sit up in bed. You will soon feel like you can stand and go get that first cup of coffee or tea to give you the pep you need.
9. Working Right Up Until Bed
This is similar to keeping the tech on before bed. If you are working and straining your brain up until you go and lay down, you might not be able to sleep. Your mind is still on the work you just put away. This keeps your brain active and the whole point of sleep is to give the body and the brain a rest so you can do everything all over again tomorrow.
10. Get 7-8 Hours Of Sleep Each Night
Doctors recommend 7-8 hours of sleep for everyone. You might think that this fact is for kids in school but it's also a proven fact the older you get the more sleep you actually need. Think about it. You slept well as a kid because your parents set the sleep schedule and then you hit middle school and high school, where you would stay up for hours and always feel tired during those long school-days. For a teen, that's normal but eventually, your body needs to go back to a normal sleep schedule of 7-8 hours because of the stress and work of adulthood.
Did you do any of these 10 bad sleeping habits? Do you know some of them? If you find yourself with these habits, see if you can conquer them. It's never too late to get a good night and sleep routine.
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