Sleeping is still a relative mystery considering how much of our lives we spend doing it. If there's one thing that's for sure though, it's that in general, we don't get enough of it.
Here's a quick video on a few things you probably do before bed without realizing they can mess with your sleep:
Read on for the summary.
1. Eating chocolate
Yep. Fight the nighttime craving. Chocolate is a sneaky source of caffeine and also contains a stimulant that fights sleepiness.
2. Staring at screens
You're definitely guilty of this one. The blue light emitted from smartphones and tablets disrupts production of melatonin, which helps you sleep.
Seems strange, but showering at night if you've already washed off in the morning can send the wrong message to your brain about what your body's supposed to be doing.
4. Drinking alcohol
Yep. Although having drinks before bed can make you drowsy (and pass out if you go too hard), alcohol lowers the quality of your sleep such that you'll wake up tired instead of rested.
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