Did you know that we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping? It’s true. The reason is because our biology is built with the need of that much sleep to survive. Although we are tired and look forward to going to bed, many us struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep. Most of the time insomnia occurs because of how our brain was triggered or reacted to certain stimuli before bedtime. Here’s 5 things you should never do in bed or right before going to bed.
Those who smoke may find it relaxing, but nicotine is actually a stimulant and can induce insomnia. Smoking right before bedtime will make it more difficult to fall asleep and can also cause snoring because of airway irritation. Plus, smoking in bed increases the risk for fire.
Don’t look at your phone.
Scrolling through Facebook or emails on your cell phone before bed will not only incorrectly signal your brain that it’s daytime, reading through all of the useless information increases mental activity and will keep you up much longer. Turn your phone off at least an hour before bedtime and allow your mind to unwind. All of it will be there for you in the morning. Also be sure the television is off for the same reasons.
Don’t argue or have a serious conversation.
Bedtime should be calm and restful, not upsetting and stressful, so save the serious conversations for tomorrow. Timing is everything when when having a heart to heart with someone, don’t do it before going to bed. If you must, try to plan it a few hours before bedtime so you have a moment to collect yourself and have a conclusion.
Don’t stare at the clock.
Most of us need an alarm, so set it and either face the clock away from you or put it under the bed where it’s easily accessible. Looking at the clock every thirty minutes can inflict worry and stress, then once that happens obsession might set in. The clock is just another vehicle to keep you up all night.