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FYI, These Late-Night Habits Are Ruining Your Chances of Getting a Good Night's Sleep

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FYI, These Late-Night Habits Are Ruining Your Chances of Getting a Good Night's Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most underrated health habits you can develop. Deep sleep has been shown to have numerous health benefits, from boosting your immune system to managing anxiety levels. Unfortunately, the pace of our daily lives makes it harder to just shut down and recharge for eight to 10 hours—whether you’re working at home or headed back to the office.

The problem is that some of our other habits inadvertently sabotage our ability to sleep well. Here are a few of the sleep-ruining habits we all need to shake off: 

Night scrolling
Scrolling through your phone in bed is likely to mess with your sleep patterns in two ways. First, whatever you’re reading or doing keeps your brain stimulated, making it harder to fall asleep. Second, the light from your phone sends signals to your brain to stay awake.

Having afternoon coffee
While enjoying a cup at sunset seems harmless on paper, it actually makes it a lot harder to sleep at night. On average, it takes your body about six hours to clear only half the caffeine in your system, and up to 10 hours to clear it completely. That means your 4:30 pm espresso is likely to keep you up in the wee hours of the night. 

Smoking after dinner
Like caffeine, the nicotine in your cigarette acts as a stimulant, and it takes roughly two hours before it leaves your system. While it seems like the simple solution is just to cap your smoking hours before bedtime, its residual effects can affect the quality of your sleep.

Consuming alcohol
A strong drink or two might make you fall asleep, but is unlikely to give you a good night’s rest. Alcohol interferes with your ability to enter REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is the kind of deep sleep that helps get you feeling refreshed in the morning. In fact, you’re more likely to wake up in the middle of the night if there’s enough alcohol in your system.

Being inconsistent with your sleep schedule
Have you ever had trouble sleeping after a particularly grueling overtime session at work? That’s because your circadian rhythm has been thrown off. This rhythm is essentially a schedule that tells your body when to sleep and recharge; messing with it results in sleeplessness and lower quality sleep. Breaking your personal pattern too often usually leads to recurring sleep issues.

Unavoidably, there are going to be nights where one (or more) of these habits cannot be avoided. Maybe it’s been a busy day, and the only time you can get your reading done is in bed. Maybe you’ve got a coffee date before dinner, or drinks over Zoom with your buddies. We’ve all had to pull all-nighters at some point in our careers.

When that happens, there are available food supplements which uses ingredients like minerals with melatonin and herb extracts. Sleepasil, for one, is a food supplement that is available in drugstores nationwide including Mercury Drugstores, Rose Pharmacy, Watsons Drug, and Rose Pharmacy.

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*Price is based on SRP

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