According to statistics, almost 27% of people have permanent trouble falling asleep and 73% of people face this problem on an occasional basis. But the causes of poor sleep aren’t always related to health problems. Some evening habits that seem pretty normal to us can actually have a negative impact on our sleep and even cause insomnia.
We gathered some things that you should quit doing before bedtime if you want to get a good night’s rest.
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Just like caffeine, nicotine has a stimulating effect on our body. It increases your heartbeat and blood pressure and it stimulates brain activity. All these processes don’t contribute to healthy sleep. Even if you do fall asleep, the quality of your sleep won’t be satisfactory: smokers are more likely to suffer from insomnia than people who don’t smoke. If you don’t want to quit smoking, try not to smoke 1.5 hours to 2 hours before you go to bed. It’ll help you fall asleep faster and your sleep will be healthier.
Generally, exercising has a good effect on our sleep since it can help us fall asleep quicker and it relieves stress. But it works only if you finish your workout 3-4 hours (or even 6 hours) before you go to bed. And if you’ve just returned from the gym and you go straight to bed, your awakened body won’t let you sleep — especially if you take a hot shower that arouses the nervous system.