It’s more important now than ever to make sure we’re giving ourselves the self-care we need. One of the simplest areas to focus on is your quality of sleep, and with such a significant change in our daily grind, it’s in jeopardy. Here are X things that could be preventing you from achieving your best sleep.
Lack of exercise
While sheltering in place, we’ve lost crucial exercise and we didn’t even know it. We’re no longer doing small feats of exercises that we didn’t even know we were doing, such as walking from the meeting room to your desk, getting up to get lunch with coworkers or even walking to and from your car. Make a point to get up and walk around your home a couple of times a day.
The caffeine in your tea
You might have switched from coffee to tea in a bid to reduce your caffeine intake. But many teas still have large amounts of caffeine. And as we get older, we become more sensitive to caffeine. Did you know that decaf tea still has small amounts of caffeine? You could be consuming it and without even knowing.
Too many liquids
If you’re downing two cups of water right before bed, chances are you’re waking up in the middle of the night to tinkle and then having trouble getting back to sleep. Start your bedtime water routine earlier so you can go to bed with an empty bladder, or stick to just one cup.
Your bedroom lighting is too bright
One of our favorite ways to unwind at the end of the day is to light a few candles and enjoy a good book. Candles are great because it feels like you’re treating yourself, but you’re also signaling it’s time for bed by creating a softer lighting experience.
You’re overheating in your sleep
Having weird dreams more than usual? Check your bedding. Synthetic materials such as polyester trap the heat from your body under the blankets. Natural fibers such as cotton keep you cooler and more comfortable while you sleep. Polyester is one of the most common fabrics used for bedding and clothing, so check the label when making your purchase.