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    Six Small Things That Are Messing With Your Sleep

    Six Small Things That Are Messing With Your Sleep



    You would be shocked how many little things you do during the day that start to mess with your sleep. They may seem small and innocuous, but there could be a reason why no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to catch enough rest.

    Sleep is the time of night where you subconsciously process whether or not to take down your rude coworker, and it is the time of night where you process the question: “Is he just not that into me?”.
    We dream multiple times a night, whether or not we remember them, because rest is when our brains and bodies repair the damage we’ve done to them throughout the day.


    Let’s investigate the small things we would do before bed that are potentially keeping us groggy throughout the day. Many seem obvious, while others not so much. Below are a few of the small things you don’t realize are messing with your sleep, so take measures in order to be able to get the quality beauty sleep you deserve.



    Looking at Your Phone


    According to Business Insider (and basically every health professional ever) looking at your phone before falling asleep is a big “No!”. The science behind this is that the blue and white lights behind your screen keep your brain from releasing melatonin, which is a natural hormone that, among other benefits, induces sleep. Although you may think you are unwinding by checking your Instagram feed before hitting the reset button on your day, you are actually robbing yourself of valuable sleep.



    Going to Sleep Too Early


    It may seem ridiculous that going to bed too early could be a thing, but it is. Not everybody needs the reported eight hours of sleep a night. For example, some feel most alert after six hours of sleep. But the myth prevails and we all try to catch up on sleep and get in our full eight hours, completely unaware that we can be messing with our quality sleep. Yes, if you go to bed too early enjoy waking up every three hours and wondering why you’re still tired the next morning…



    Drinking Anything but Water Past 7pm


    This is a tricky one, but anything but water at night is ruining your sleep. Most drinks have sugars and other chemicals in them meant to stimulate your body. If you’re ingesting these before bedtime, your body is trying to release melatonin and keep itself awake at the same time. If it sounds harsh, it’s because it really is, and you’re keeping your body awake longer than it needs to be.



    White Noise


    Like mentioned earlier, everyone is on a different sleep journey. While sleeping in total darkness may work for some, it actually can have the opposite effect for others. White noise allows some minds to wander and fall asleep.
    If you’re the type of person who likes to have a fan on when you fall asleep, notice this about yourself. Determining which type of sleeper you are will have a huge impact on the quality of sleep you’re getting.



    Falling Asleep With Your TV On


    Much like your phone screen, your television releases those annoying blue and white lights that make it difficult for your brain to fall asleep. Furthermore, the flashing lights provide a distraction for your eyes, whether or not they’re closed.
    If you’re leaving the sound on as well, keep in mind that your brain retains almost everything it hears, so you could be falling asleep with commercials being branded into your brain.



    Stress


    The worst offender on this list may not be considered small, but you may not even know it is occurring. According to polls, money stress is the top thing people worry about before falling to sleep. Seeing as this is one of the most realistic and widely spread worry, many people report “thinking themselves awake” by being very concerned about their bills/ student loans.


    Before hitting the pillow, try meditating with a nice candle for five minutes. A recent study in the journal Sleep also found that the way people deal with their stress indicates how well they sleep, reporting that people who fixate on their problems had higher instances of insomnia than those who reframe their stress with humor or religion.


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    Thanks for posting this! Sleep hygiene is really important, and all of these suggestions are excellent.

    Quote Originally Posted by Víđálfr View Post

    Falling Asleep With Your TV On

    Much like your phone screen, your television releases those annoying blue and white lights that make it difficult for your brain to fall asleep. Furthermore, the flashing lights provide a distraction for your eyes, whether or not they’re closed.
    If you’re leaving the sound on as well, keep in mind that your brain retains almost everything it hears, so you could be falling asleep with commercials being branded into your brain.

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    White Noise

    Like mentioned earlier, everyone is on a different sleep journey. While sleeping in total darkness may work for some, it actually can have the opposite effect for others. White noise allows some minds to wander and fall asleep.
    If you’re the type of person who likes to have a fan on when you fall asleep, notice this about yourself. Determining which type of sleeper you are will have a huge impact on the quality of sleep you’re getting.
    I always sleep with some 10 hour long (or similar) youtube clip of wind or winter storm (or other long ambient background like waves at a beach). As long as theren't any sudden or noticeable sounds, it's ok. I started running this 8 hour long recording of a wood fire but 5 minutes in, this guy tosses a big log on it LOL. Needless to say, I didn't use that one ;-) .


    I find I am easily awakened. Tiny sounds can awaken me .... I would be that alarm in older times to alert everyone that some sabre-tooth tiger or enemy tribe was approaching LOL


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    Lilly and I usually enjoy a few drinks in the evening while on our PCs, phones, or watching a movie. None of this seems to bother our ability to sleep.

    Hosting a late night social function though does exhaust us while at the same time making us feel wired. So sleep doesn't always happen right as we would like it too. But we find ways to alleviate this problem together.

    I also take a 50mg tablet of a prescription med. called Trazodone before retiring for the day.

    I have noticed that even though it improves my ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, I have a tendency to experience vivid dreams during my deep sleep phase rather than my REM phase.

    Also, if I do awaken during the night, I find it very difficult falling back to sleep, especially with Trazodone in my system.
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