To Sleep No More by Liz | Wednesday, March 04, 2015 | 0 comment(s) We should all be getting more sleep. Sleep helps reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke and helps keep you slim. But we are a generation of insomniacs because of the following bad habits.You take your electronics to bed with you: Watching YouTube videos, catching up on Facebook or pinning on Pinterest deceive your brain into thinking it is still daytime and that can disrupt your body’s circadian rhythm. Prep for bed by turning off your electronics at least 30 minutes before going to bed. You took a nap: Napping during the day makes it hard to get to sleep at night. Try to stay awake to get your body back on schedule. You ate too late: Avoid eating your evening meal any later than three hours before bed. When you eat a big meal, your body’s metabolic systems are stimulated at the very time when you want them to be slowing down.You drank the wrong drink: Initially drinking alcohol induces sleep, but if you indulge in more than one or two small drinks you’re in for a fragmented night. One recent study showed alcohol disrupts sleep in the second half of your sleep cycle. People often stop drinking coffee at lunchtime, but experiments shows that caffeine stays in your system for up to 12 hours – an 11am latte could linger until 11pm. Even chocolate and tea have been shown to disrupt sleep.You don't turn off: Constantly worrying and thinking about what you need to accomplish for the next day can keep you from falling asleep. Keep a notepad by your bed so you can jot down ideas and to-dos, and shut your mind off.Your bedroom isn't a sanctuary: Cell phones beeping, loud street noises, pets taking over your bed — all these interferences can make you drift in and out of a deep sleep so you feel lethargic in the morning. Keep your TV, work, and other distractions out of your bedroom.You don't wind down: Everyone needs a relaxing bedtime routine to signal the body that it’s time for bed. Maybe do some de-stressing yoga stretches, or write down the important to-dos for the next day or set out your workout clothes – having a routine will help you prepare for the next day and relieve anxiety. This entry was posted in CELEBRATE LIFE. Physical HealthInspirationWisdom 0 Comments Add a Comment to this Post You must be logged in to post comments.