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8 Nighttime Habits That Can Affect Your Sleep ...

Are you aware of some of the habits that can affect your sleep? Sometimes, even the most ostensibly harmless habits we keep can prevent us from getting a good nightโ€™s rest. A good nightโ€™s rest helps us focus better, look better and function better overall. So, knowing how important a restful nightโ€™s sleep is, letโ€™s look at some of the most common habits that can affect your sleep so we can get the most of our rest each and every night!

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1. Reading

Uh-oh, did you know reading is one of those habits that can affect your sleep?! Iโ€™m certainly guilty of reading my Kindle when Iโ€™m not that sleepy but I had no idea I was making it harder to sleep! The issue with reading in bed is that your body gets used to it, so itโ€™s expecting you to read a few chapters before you go to sleep regardless of whether it was on your agenda or not. If you want to read, do so before you hit the hay and keep books out of bed!

2. TV

Another common habit that affects sleep is watching TV. I think itโ€™s very common that people either read or watch TV in order to pass time before they get sleepy. The problem with watching TV in bed or staring at your laptop screen is that it can confuse your bodyโ€™s internal clock. Turn off all electronics when you head to bed and save your DVRโ€™d shows and emails for the next day.

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3. Snacks

If youโ€™re a frequent late night snacker, itโ€™s a bad habit that can steal your sleep. The snacking part isnโ€™t the bad part, itโ€™s how much you eat that matters. Maybe you ate dinner too early and now youโ€™re famished or maybe you havenโ€™t eaten all day and canโ€™t imagine going to sleep before you calm your rumbling tummy. Sleeping on a full stomach can mess with your sleep cycle so stick to light snacks to ensure you can still have sweet dreams!

4. Working out

I know itโ€™s hard to find time in the day to work out. But for those who go into beast mode late at night, it can affect your sleep! Keep in mind that daily workouts do help you sleep better. But, if you do a rigorous workout routine, try to do it at least 2 hours before you go to bed so you wonโ€™t be so amped up from all those jumping jacks and running.

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5. Social Media

If youโ€™re one of those people who logs onto Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or blogs just to catch up and ends up spending hours and hours online, youโ€™re not alone! While those sites are entertaining and so addicting, they can prevent us from getting our Zs. The brightness of our computer monitor can actually stimulate our brain, so give yourself time to like, pin and tweet, then give yourself time to unwind without the all the stimuli.

6. Nightcaps

Another habit that affects sleep is taking in alcohol before bed. Nightcaps seem like a good idea to help you drift off and get into a deep sleep but they can actually do the opposite. Alcohol can help you feel sleepy, but once you nod off it can cause you to be restless throughout the night, so youโ€™re not really sleeping deeply or well. If you like cocktails at night, cut yourself yourself off 2 hours before bedtime.

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7. Room Temperature

Keeping your room temperature on the cooler side can help you get a better nightโ€™s sleep. Although sleeping in a warm room isnโ€™t a bad habit, it can be something that youโ€™re doing without really thinking about it. As the night goes on and it becomes morning, our core body temperature gradually starts to increase and signals us to wake up. If you keep your room too warm, your body temp can increase and prevent you from having the most restful, high quality sleep.

8. Sleeping with Your Pet

As an animal lover, I know how comforting it can seem to sleep with your pet, but itโ€™s another habit that affects sleep. As adorable as our pets are, I know firsthand how noisy they can be and how they like to hog the bed! Studies show that pets can take a toll on our sleep quality, so to ensure better, uninterrupted sleep, get them their own bed and off your bed.

As much as we like to multi-task while weโ€™re in bed and getting ready to go to sleep, it seems that the only things we should be doing in bed are sleeping and having sex! Try to do all other activities while youโ€™re up and about so your body knows that once itโ€™s bedtime, itโ€™s time for snoozing! Do you have any rituals to get you ready for bed?

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