Sleep is probably the most important part of our days during which we are not awake. Did you get that? Yes, sleep is pretty important. Growing up, I was taught that we need to sleep 6 to 8 hours every day, depending on the phase of physiological development we are at. However, now that I am a bit older and can research to choose for myself, I know that it is not the number of hours you sleep that count, it is the quality of your sleep.
If you have ever gone to bed with the intention of resting and woke up more tired or feeling more exhausted than when you were going to bed, you know what I mean. In order to ensure that you sleep well and wake up feeling rested and re-energized, here are three things not to before you go to bed for sleep:
- Watch news on TV or scary movies
TV networks show news that are depressing most of the time. Humans are unfortunately naturally entertained by scandals and tragedies. At least 3 to 5 hours before bedtime, don’t watch the news or any form of horror movie. I would even recommend not to watch TV, except for comedy or animation pictures. As a general rule, if you want to watch something before sleeping, don’t watch anything that might put you in any state other than joy and happiness.
- Drink coffee, soda or any other caffeinated drink.
I personally experimented with this for two weeks. I would drink two cups of coffee between 10 and 12 midnight, then go to sleep. In almost every time, I would wake up with a headache. The results were conclusive for me. No coffee or any other drink containing caffeine before bedtime. Coffee is best in the morning, if you have to. Soda is best during the day, noon or afternoon, if you have to. Avoid those two forms of drink any other time.
What would you add to this list of things NOT to do before sleep?
Day 4 of 200 words per day for 10 days.