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Eliminate bad habits to improve the quality of sleep

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Better Sleep by Getting Rid of Bad Sleep Habits

The difference a good night's sleep can make cannot be underestimated in our busy lives. It not only affects your energy levels and how sharp you feel, but a good night's sleep also has many potential health benefits, and a poor night's sleep can exacerbate a wide variety of health issues. 1

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), sleep deprivation has become so widespread an issue that sleep disorders are considered a national health problem. 2 In fact, the CDC has determined that at least 35% of adults don't get enough sleep at night. 3

If you're part of that group you definitely know it–and pay for it throughout the day!

The good news is that there are many ways to help improve the length and quality of sleep you get at night. 4 Eliminate some of the following bad habits and you may find yourself reaping the benefits of a truly great night in dreamland!

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Certain foods or chemicals can interfere with your sleep. While having sugar or caffeine near bedtime are both well-known mistakes, the truth is you want to cut both off much earlier in the day than most people think. Once you're past lunchtime, you should cut them both out completely to make sure they aren’t affecting you when it’s time to sleep. 5

Furthermore, spicy foods and alcohol are another set of foods that you need to avoid. Alcohol, in particular, might seem like a good idea, but it takes away the most beneficial phases of deep sleep-robbing you of most of the sleep's rest-inducing benefits. 6

Lighter dinners also tend to lead to better sleep than heavier ones, and so watching how much you take in can have two benefits in more restful sleep and fewer calories! 7

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Light from electronics like smartphones, laptops, or TVs is what is called “blue light.” A Harvard School of Medicine study has shown that exposure to blue light can affect your body's natural sleep signals in a detrimental way. 8

If you tend to jump online or watch Netflix before going to bed like many people, then you may be sabotaging your own rest. There are settings on many types of devices that allow users to change the type of light their screens emit to make it less stimulating to the eyes, but even then your natural sleep tendencies may be negatively affected. Limit that screen time before bed–and make sure you don’t take your devices to bed with you!

bad sleep habits Create healthy habits


If the time that you go to bed is always changing, your body has no way to adjust healthily. A good way to ensure you are getting a normal sleep schedule is to have night-time rituals before you go to bed so that you are in bed at the same time each night. Some rituals include brushing your teeth, taking a shower, meditating, and reading a chapter from a favorite book each night.

This will take some time but creating those habits and rituals will not only help eliminate bad habits before bed like, for example, checking Twitter, but it will replace them with good habits that promote sound sleep.

Creating better sleep


Oftentimes a great night's sleep is only a few minor changes away. Follow the positive steps here, avoid the common pitfalls, and you'll soon be reminded of just how wonderful a great night's sleep really is!

By focusing on eliminating a few bad habits, we improve not only the quality of our daily lives, but it can also have a positive impact on sleep patterns.

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