Are you going for a good night’s sleep? If so, you’ve probably already attempted a few nifty tricks to get you snoozing swiftly. Maybe you go for a nice warm bath or a relaxing mug of chamomile tea, or turning off the tube an hour before bedtime to allow your natural melatonin hormones to start being released so you can begin nodding off.
If you’re ready to start having better sleep and help fight off stroke, obesity, diabetes, memory loss, cancer and early death along the way, below are four things you should avoid doing before night-night time.
Drink coffee at 4:30 p.m.
Perhaps it feels like the perfect way for you to push through the final few hours of your 10-hour workday– but since your body needs between eight and 10 hours to fully process most of that caffeine, your late-afternoon kick of java will probably just be a kick to your sleep later.
Power down the protein at 9 p.m.
Though protein is great for exercise recovery, understand that having a late dinner makes your body have to digest your meal when it should be busy doing its normal sleep-time responsibilities (recovery, memory production, etc.). Protein is especially difficult to break down, and could keep you awake even later.
Get super stressed at 9:30 p.m.
Whatever you’re doing as the night winds down, don’t worry too much when you see the time on the clock. Stressing out about how you’re going to get more sleep won’t take you to Dreamland any quicker– actually, the more you stress about sleep, the more difficult it gets to do so.
Decide that drinking at 10 p.m. is the best way to fall asleep quickly.
Maybe you thought a few brews would take the edge off– and alcohol can get you to sleep faster, studies show. But as it gets metabolized during your sleep, it tends to disrupt your sleep later in the evening.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
This article is made available for general, entertainment and educational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of The Joint Corp (or its franchisees and affiliates). You should always seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.