You know the feeling. It’s 3am and you are wide awake and starting to get worried about getting up for work tomorrow. The worry then makes it even harder for you to go back to sleep. Ugh, it’s a vicious cycle! But how did you end up in this predicament? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Night after night, countless people are making a few mistakes that stop them getting a good night’s sleep. In fact, if you didn’t want a good night’s sleep, lots of us would be par for the course. Here’s how NOT to have a good night’s sleep.
Don’t leave yourself enough time to relax before bed
Even a computer takes a little time to power down and considering we are human, not machine, staying up until the last minute and believing you will fall straight to sleep is a mistake. You need to leave enough time for your brain to wind down and start building up those sleep waves and your body to imbibe in sleep hormones.
It is so tempting to repeatedly check your emails before bed, but many people make the mistake of too much screen time when their body needs to know that it’s time for sleep. Time for sleep means darkness, not blue screen light. Working on your laptop into the night or watching just one last video on your phone is basically telling your body that, “Hey, we’re still awake and having fun here!”. But when you are ready to rest, your body will just keep up the party. The opposite of this might be turning off the screens a couple of hours before sleep time, enjoying a warm bath, and reading a little fiction from a real book. You definitely shouldn’t do these things if you don’t want to have a good night’s sleep.
Let your pets sleep on your bed
It seemed like a good idea at the time when you let your dog jump in the bed with you. After all, they are nice and warm on a cold winter’s night like some sort of canine hot water bottle. But soon enough you find that he’s taking up valuable bed real estate and running in his sleep. Beyond that you notice that the fur under his chin is damp from his midnight visit to the water bowl and, why are you itching? Has he brought in a flea? And what’s with the wet dog smell? It’s totally up to you but if you want a bad night’s sleep, feel free to invite your four legged friend.
Don’t look after your mattress and pillows
Just thinking about a nice, clean, cozy bed can make you feel all sleepy, can’t it? But, how many times have to traveled and stayed in hotel or at a friend’s house to find that the pillow was broken down until it was paper thin (at least it felt like this to your head), or worse, not covered in a fresh, clean pillow case? Even more common is the lumpy or dippy mattress scenario. This is particularly unforgivable nowadays as mattresses from top brands such as Dynasty are available at ever more affordable prices. And then there’s the mother of all bad bed situations, bed bugs. Ugh. Beds need to be looked after on a regular basis and this begins at home. But don’t bother with this if you don’t want a good night’s sleep.
Have load of blinking gadgets in your room
We have no end of electronic gadgets that blink and buzz these days. If you have these things in your bedroom, like with the computer screen, you eyes will see the light and tell your brain it’s still daytime. Plus, when things blink they are more likely to catch your eye in the first place. Whatever you need to leave on or put on a charger should be in another room so you can have complete calm from darkness. But, hey, leave the gadgets blinking if you don’t want a good night’s sleep.
Some people might enjoy a relaxing evening before heading off to a peaceful slumber. Others might create a loving environment for their pets in the kitchen, soft bed and chew toy included. There are those who flip their mattress on a regular basis and keep sheets clean and changed once a week. And there are those who ensure all blinking lights are kept at bay and the bedroom is a dark haven of sleepiness. But all of this will lead to a good night’s sleep. Who would want to wake up refreshed and ready for the day when you can arrive at work all grumpy instead? Make sure you don’t do any of these things or you might find you sleep deeply and awake ready to conquer the world. And we wouldn’t want that, would we?