Are you sabotaging your own sleep? You may not realize it, but the things you do during the day can have a big impact on your sleep quality. Are you guilty of any of these bad habits?

  • Keeping a random schedule. It’s better to go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning, even on the weekends. You should construct your schedule to aim for 7-8 hours of sleep.
  • Exercising too late in the day- or not at all. A regular exercise routine can help you get good quality sleep, but exercising too close to bedtime can raise your endorphins, increase cortisol, and keep you awake.
  • Winding down with electronics. It can be tempting to doze off in front of your favorite show or relax by playing a game on your phone, but the blue light emitted by electronics in the bedroom can interfere with the quality of your sleep. It’s better to turn off all gadgets at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Multitasking in the bedroom. People use their bedrooms to watch tv, eat snacks, pay bills, and work, when it’s really meant for sleeping. Reserving your bedroom for sleep and sex only can help you get a better night’s sleep.
  • Eating a late evening meal. Digestion can interfere with sleep, and if you’re prone to heartburn or indigestion, lying down immediately after eating something substantial can make it worse.
  • Drinking coffee in the afternoon. It’s important to keep a strict coffee curfew because caffeine can keep you awake. It’s important to remember that tea and chocolate also contain caffeine.
  • Having alcohol before bed. While a drink may make you feel relaxed, it can also disrupt your sleep during the night because alcohol causes a sleep state more like resting than sleeping.
  • Working late. If you tend to work until you go to bed, you might want to rethink that strategy. Your brain needs time to let go of the day and relax before you go to sleep.
  • Skipping your bedtime snack. While it’s not good to eat a meal before bedtime, having a light snack can help you fall asleep more easily. Consider something with protein and tryptophan, like a handful of almonds or a banana dipped in peanut butter.

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