Sleep is a crucial part of our overall health, it’s during sleep that our bodies recover after a workout, our brains store our memories, and virtually all of our systems slow down and stabilize. Here are the things to avoid doing right before bed, so you can clock some quality shut-eye!
12. Screen time
For many of us, late at night is prime time to catch up on our favorite TV shows, But watching TV right before bed or having it on all night can be disruptive to your sleep.
The blue light that’s emitted by your TV affects the amount of the sleep-regulating hormone, melatonin, that your body will produce, making you less likely to become sleepy, don’t watch TV?
If you sleep with your phone nearby and use it right before bed, raise your hand, like TVs, smartphones and computers also emit melatonin-disrupting light, some of these devices now have a “blue light shade” setting, similar to the effect of amber lenses that researchers have used to demonstrate that blocking out blue light leads to better sleep.
11. Suspense thriller
While reading a trashy romance novel, self-help book, or memoir might be a good way to wind down at the end of the day, it’s going to be a lot harder to rest after reading a thriller.
While reading, we begin to associate and empathize with the characters, feeling what they feel: things like increased heart rate and brain activity, which can keep you from a restful night’s sleep, better to read about something boring, that’ll knock you right out.
10. Work emails
Some people like to check their work email right before bed to know what they’re in for the next day, but that can make you feel stressed about the day ahead, making it harder to fall and stay asleep, trade checking work email late at night for checking it in the morning when you head out the door.