Today is World Sleep Day! Does that mean we get to sleep all day? Well- actually that would not be good for us at all. World Sleep Day shines a light on the power of sleep in maintaining good mental health.
Often, we are our own worst enemy when it comes to sleep with a bunch of habits that are seriously unhelpful.
Here are 5 common habits that are serious sleep killers.
1. Worrying about sleep during the day. This is a number 1 ‘no-no’.
2. Drinking too much caffeine, particularly after 2pm
3. Overindulging in alcohol during the evening. Not only will this keep you up to the loo; alcohol is a major sleep inhibitor, affecting your natural circadian rhythm.
4. Exercising within 3 hours of bedtime. Although exercise is key to overall health and beneficial to quality sleep; be mindful of working out too close to bedtime as it produces too much physiological arousal which is not preparing our body for sleep.
5. Gluing yourself to a screen. Technology is a sleep killer with the blue/green light omitted interrupting your natural circadian rhythm. If the technology is work related, you are also not allowing your mind to destress and decompartmentalise work life from home life.