5 Things You Should Never Do Before Bed


5 Things You Should Never Do Before Bed

This is one essential necessity for the human body- Sleep. Without it, you will definitely have a nervous breakdown in health and other activities. While most people equate good sleep with getting 8 consecutive hours, a University of California at San Diego paper on sleep research and aging reviewed data from 1.1 million people and determined that there is no statistical reason to sleep longer than 6½ hours per night. In fact, the people who slept 6½ hours a night lived longer than the ones who slept 8.

Not to panic, getting 8 hours a night won’t kill you. However, it does bring into focus what’s really important: Your sleep quality. A lack of the right kind of sleep can increase your risk of heart disease and cancer, cause weight gain, and even increase your risk of death.

It’s just as important to avoid doing the wrong things before going to bed as it is doing the right ones. According to Prevention.com, they provided 6 most important things to avoid at night for the best sleep possible

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Bright lights
For at least a half hour before going to bed, try to avoid bright lights. Dim your office lights if you absolutely must be working this close to bedtime, and kill the unhealthy fluorescent ones. This includes all those devices, too, including your phone, iPad, and even television. Why? Because even 5 minutes of white light from a screen suppresses melatonin levels by more than 50%. Translation: Levels of melatonin, otherwise known as the sleep hormone, in the blood rise sharply, and you begin to feel less alert in the evening, and sleep becomes more inviting. If light is around, you’ll have less of a natural inclination to hit the hay and stay sleeping.

Scary Movies
Not all that surprising, scary things can mess with your mind before hitting the sheets. Watching graphic violence on TV might make it harder for you to fall and stay asleep.

You should not exercise for at least 2 hours before going to bed, unless you count restorative yoga and breathing exercises as exercise, says Asprey. Exercising in general, however, definitely helps sleep. A 2013 Sleep in America poll found that people who exercise at any time of day report sleeping better and feeling more rested than those who don’t exercise.

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