The Sneaky Objects Sabotaging Your Sleep

The Sneaky Objects Sabotaging Your Sleep

Do you have a hard time falling asleep or find yourself getting up multiple times each night? Lack of sleep can affect school and work, which can trigger numerous health issues. But what’s really causing that lack of Zs? Learn about some seriously sneaky objects that may be sabotaging your nightly rest.

Blue Light

Most people need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep nightly. A good night’s sleep keeps your brain and body functioning at its best. Not sleeping well? The blue light from your phone, device or television could be part of the problem.

Blue light affects the body’s biological clock similarly to sunlight, so nighttime exposure can cause your circadian rhythm to become irregular. It can also delay the release of melatonin, a chemical the brain uses to help it fall asleep. If you use any type of blue light during the evening, cut back. It may help you get a better night’s sleep.

Junk Food and Chocolate

Sometimes those late-night cravings overtake us, and we want to indulge. There’s nothing wrong with a little junk food or a yummy chocolate bar before bed, right? This sneaky little habit could be keeping you wide awake at night.

Chocolate contains a small amount of caffeine, but it still many be enough to stimulate the central nervous system. Sugary and high-carb foods can have a similar effect. Both can interrupt your sleeping patterns.

Heavy Blankets

The problem keeping you from a good night’s sleep could be as simple as your blanket. You may feel cold as you first crawl into bed, but that can change as your body temp rises. This can cause a major disruption in sleep flow. Keep blankets light and the room cool. For optimal sleep, Cleveland Clinic recommends temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

Old Sheets or Mattress

If you don’t have any of the above issues but still find yourself wide awake at 3:00 a.m., check your mattress. An outdated, out-of-shape mattress could be the culprit. Newer designs help keep body temps regulated and contour to your shape. Check your sheets, blankets and pillows too. Old, worn-out sheets and blankets can be rough and irritating on your skin, making it difficult to fall asleep, and old pillows can lose their support.

Whether it’s one issue or many, it’s important to crack down on what’s keeping you awake and make a change. Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to optimal health and happiness. See what a modification or two can do for you.

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