Getting enough sleep is essential for a strong and healthy body. Oftentimes, our daily practices may seem harmless, but some of them can affect our ability to fall asleep in a negative way. Common habits that cause insomnia include smoking, drinking alcohol, and excessive physical activity.
• Drinking too many fluids
Caffeine can stop the effects of adenosine, one of the natural sedatives of our brain. Alcoholic beverages may also disrupt your slumber. Try sipping a warm cup of chamomile tea to calm your mind and help you fall asleep.
• Using electric gadgets
One of the most common habits that cause insomnia are using electronic gadgets before bed. These devices can affect your sleep in various ways. Experts recommend turning off your electronic gadgets one or two hours before bedtime. To relax your mind, you can try reading a book or magazine.
• Wrong time exercising
Exercising regularly can provide numerous health benefits, including better sleep. Having high levels of cortisol at night can lead to insomnia because the stress hormone can block our body's melatonin production. Aside from better sleep, morning workouts can also boost your metabolism and productivity.
Overthinking can also prevent you from getting a good night's sleep. Instead of overthinking, you can do anti-stress activities before going to bed. Taking a bath can help relax your muscles and nerves. Meditation is another excellent activity to clear your mind and achieve serenity.
• Having erratic bedtime schedule
Having a regular bedtime routine can help improve your sleep quality. A great example of a bedtime schedule is to set your alarm an hour before you go to sleep. You can use the last 20 minutes to relax your body and mind by meditating or reading a book.
If you're having trouble falling asleep at night, you need to evaluate your daily routine. As much as possible, you have to avoid doing these harmless habits that cause insomnia.
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