*And I wonder why I have so much trouble sleeping. Not that you care, but the picture above might give you a clue. If you’re anything like me, you go to bed when you can no longer keep your eyes open. Seriously, you can hardly finish watching the movie because you are practically nodding. I know I’ve missed significant parts of some movies or TV shows I’ve recorded because during the last 15 minutes I managed to fall asleep on and off during commercials. So what do you do? Repeat after me: I finally decide to “stop and save.” Cut off the TV. And go to bed. But two hours later, I’m wide awake. WTF?
Now you’re going to find out exactly why that is.
You’ve gotten into some pretty bad habits doing certain things too close to bedtime. And it is those things that is redirecting your brain from its time to go nite-nite to major activity mode.
Michael Grandner, PhD, a psychiatry instructor and member of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the University of Pennsylvania says, “When people suffer from insomnia or other sleep issues, it’s often because of something they’re doing, probably unintentionally, when they should be preparing for rest.”
So rest is something we have to PREPARE for?
Yes it is.
So if you want to get some decent shuteye at night, here is 5 MAJOR things you might want to avoid.
That last glass of wine for one.
“Alcohol tricks you into thinking you will sleep better, because it often makes you drowsy and makes it easier to fall asleep,” according to Dr. Rosenberg. “But as your body begins to metabolize the alcohol, REM sleep, the period where our sleep is most restorative, is reduced.” Impaired REM sleep often leads to waking up tired and unable to concentrate, he adds. And a University of Missouri study done in 2014 points out that alcohol is a diuretic and may make you have to go to the bathroom throughout the night. The good doctor advises: For most people, it’s okay to have a drink or two with dinner, but skip the nightcap or the glass of wine on the couch right before bed.