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13 Bedtime Habits That Are Ruining Your Sleep

13 Bedtime Habits That Are Ruining Your Sleep
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The overall health of a being relies largely on his sleep habits. Therefore, we tell you 13 Not-to-Dos before you hit the sack !

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1. Irregular Sleep Schedule

1. Irregular Sleep Schedule

In order to train the mind to fall asleep at the appropriate time, try following a consistent schedule as to when to go to the bed.

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2. A Full Bladder to the Bed

2. A Full Bladder to the Bed
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Drink water until half an hour before sleeping, and refrain from doing so after that. Drinking water just before bed, is likely to make you rush to the bathroom in the middle of your sleep.

3. Social Networking after Midnight

3. Social Networking after Midnight
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Spend an hour before the bed without gadgets. The bright screens tend to stimulate your brain, and make it difficult to fall asleep.

4. Sleeping with a Book

4. Sleeping with a Book
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If at all you can't do it without reading a bit, don't do it. Never restrain yourself to not read before sleeping. Try reading early at night and most importantly, do not read in bed !

5. A Bright Alarm Clock

5. A Bright Alarm Clock
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Keep your room as dark as possible. A glowing alarm screen is as good a distraction as a screen.

6. A Bad Matress

6. A Bad Matress
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A high-quality mattress is worth its cost, always. The mattresses keep you comfortable, and some even have moisture-sucking properties to keep you cool.

7. Eating a Full Stomach before Bed

7. Eating a Full Stomach before Bed
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We recommend you to eat before two hours of sleep. When you eat and don't give your stomach the time to digest, it will work while you sleep and keep you up as well.

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8. Exercising late at night

8. Exercising late at night
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Exercising keeps you energized for hours. So, working out before sleeping isn't a good idea.

9. Cold Feet

9. Cold Feet
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If your feet are cold in bed, try a pair of socks to improve blood circulation and lull you to sleep.

10. Not Keeping a Bedtime Routine

10. Not Keeping a Bedtime Routine
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Following a simple routine of brushing the teeth and washing the face, can signal your mind of your intentions. In a few days, your mind will be trained to understand these signs.

11. Drinking a Coffee

11. Drinking a Coffee
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Caffeine is a stimulant that speeds up your heart beat and can prevent you from sleeping. So, shun it immediately, or switch to decaf.

12. Counting Sheep

12. Counting Sheep
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If you've been trying to sleep for more than 30 minutes, don't start counting the sheep now ! The National Sleep Foundation recommends getting out of bed and doing some mundane job such as balancing a checkbook.

13. Sleeping Positions Matter

13. Sleeping Positions Matter
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The best position to sleep in is said to be the 'Sleeping Beauty' position on the side, and not on the back or stomach, since the latter may lead to strains and prove to be detrimental.

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