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8 Things You Shouldn’t Do Before Bed

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8 Things You Shouldn’t Do Before Bed

 

Oh, the power of a good night’s sleep. A whole gamut of positive benefits can be seen from getting enough rest, but for many of us, hitting the sack can be challenging. There’s plenty of advice out there about what to do to get to sleep but what about what not to do? Click through for some of the pre-bedtime activities that could be hurting your chance at getting a good night’s sleep.

Earlier: What’s Your Sleep IQ?

 

1. Exercise

No, you don’t get to ditch your yoga mat or running shoes all together. Exercise is a vital activity for your health, and can actually contribute to getting better-quality sleep. The problem, though, is that exercising within three hours of bedtime can raise your body temperature, and make dozing off more difficult. Breaking a sweat, then, is best left for earlier in the day!

Also Check Out: 7 Tips to Improve Sleep

 

2. Watch TV/Surf the Web

Studies have shown that pre-slumber screen time can impede your body’s ability to fall asleep. The likely culprit? Well, the bright lights of these screens can hinder the development of melatonin, the hormone that promotes sleep. So close that laptop and turn off that TV about an hour before bed.

Related: Internet Dating: 8 Dos and Dont’s

 

3. Take a Hot Shower/Bath

Like exercise, hot showers and baths can actually help you fall asleep. The problem, however, comes out of taking one too close to the time you plan on hitting the sack. Being overheated or sweating can make it difficult to sleep. Let your body cool down before heading off to bed.

See Also: 3 Spa Ideas to Try at Home

 

4. Drink Too Many Fluids

Caffeine, of course, and alcohol both make it difficult to get a good night’s rest. But drinking a lot of any liquid within the last hour or two before you go to bed will lead to those dreaded late night bathroom breaks, and further disrupt your slumber. You shouldn’t go to bed thirsty, however, as you’ll likely wake up in the middle of the night to get a drink of water. Balance is key here.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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3:18AM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Awesome! Immense information there.
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4:30AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

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4:30AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

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4:15AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

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4:13AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

great stuff dear

3:53AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

just woww

3:52AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

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8:32PM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

This is a list of things to do at least 3 hours before sleep. This makes good sense.

12:59AM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Great blog post! I don’t understand how long it will require me to obtain through all of them!
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4:15PM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

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