No one ever says, “Wow, I am so happy that I am sleep deprived!”. Really, getting a sufficient amount of sleep every night or on most nights is vital to living a healthy lifestyle full of mental clarity and physical health. People who don’t get a sufficient amount of sleep often experience weight gain, excessive irritation, and slower work performance. In order to avoid the negative effects of sleep deprivation, here are a few tips to avoid doing before bedtime that will hopefully result in a better night’s sleep.
For one, avoid eating excessively greasy or fatty foods before bedtime. Foods such as pizza, burgers, and fries make your stomach work overtime to digest everything because of their high grease and fat content. Avoid these foods so that you don’t experience the discomfort of this digestion that may bother you while you try to sleep.
You should also avoid looking at your phone, laptop, or T.V. This may honestly be the hardest tip to follow because of the reliance that most people have for their technology. But, this technology actually stimulates the brain which will make trying to go to sleep and relaxing afterwards harder.
The next tip is sort of a no brainer. Don’t drink caffeinated tea or coffee before bed. Caffeine is a stimulant that will cause your body to be more alert. Be careful when choosing teas because many of them contain more caffeine than you’d expect. This also goes for chocolate. Chocolate consumption directly before bed should also be avoided.