The Top Bad Sleep Habits Explained

By: Bel Marra Health | Brain Function | Monday, June 25, 2012 - 12:38 AM

bad sleep habitsSleep is a function that is absolutely necessary for the proper function of the human body. Many experts recommend that adults get at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night to rest your body which ultimately has a series of mental health benefits including lower levels of stress and anxiety.

But experts also say there is a number of bad sleep problems and habits that will ruin the potential of getting your day off to a good start, and could lead to mental health problems like stress or anxiety down the road. Here are a few of the more common bad sleep habits that you should be avoiding:

Sleep Problems That Could Lead to Poor Mental Health

1. Do not lie awake waiting to fall asleep.
If this sleep problem is something that occurs often you could be dealing with insomnia. Be careful of this bad sleep habit because you could begin to associate night hours with stress and anxiety, rather than being asleep. Try a relaxing activity to calm your brain before bet to combat this behavior.

2.  If you need to urinate – do it.
If there you are uncomfortable in any way, you are going to have sleep problems. But there is very little that is more disruptive to sleep, not to mention a source of anxiety and stress than having the urgent need to urinate. Not only this but being overfull from too large of dinner is bad news as well, further adding to the discomfort.

3. Keep distractions to a minimum.
Like so many people you may have any number of electronic devices in your bedroom. If you have the lights, TV, and stereo on, it will become very difficult to sleep. Keeping your bedroom calm and quiet will help you associate it with good sleep, rather than being a source of stress and anxiety.

4. Drinking to try and relax
While drinking alcohol might help you to feel a little drowsy which can help with your sleep problems in the short term, it can ultimately lead to disrupted sleep patterns. Naturally, the opposite is also true in terms of anything that has caffeine in it. Things like coffee, tea and chocolate will do wonders towards keeping you awake. Experts say you should try to avoid this type of food and drink up to 6 hours before you turn in.

As expected, ridding yourself of daily stress and anxiety will ultimately lead you to a better sleep and a reduction in sleep problems. Keep in mind that any sudden change will also disrupt your sleep and cause you to feel unwell the next day. Taking a warm bath and any quiet sleep ritual that you can incorporate could really help in the fight against insomnia.

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