Get some rest. It’s an advice we’ve all heard before — for a good reason. The more quality shut eye you get, the more refreshed you’ll be in the morning. In turn, that’ll set you up to effectively tackle the challenges of your day. On the opposite, as someone said there’s a direct correlation between sleep deprivation and an increase in stress and negative health effects. That’s why it’s important to adopt some positive bedtime rituals to ensure you’re making the most of your sleep. People who’ve gotten mired in unhealthy sleep habits are basically sabotaging their future. In fact, it is reported that a recent study found that lack of sleep is linked with Alzheimer’s.
Here are some disastrous sleep-related habits that you should avoid:
1. Forgetting to plan out the next day
By creating a game plan for the next day, you’re ensuring that you’ll have a smoother morning . Unsuccessful people waste the night away without thinking of tomorrow at all. This disorganization will likely carry into the next day. It’s fine to plan things out on the fly every once in a while. However, if you really want to make the most of your time, sticking to a routine is a good idea.
2. Not reflecting before going to bed
Unsuccessful people may not see the need to reflect, or they might simply feel that their lives are too hectic to squeeze a few minutes of silence in. Of course, you probably don’t have a ton of time during the day to sit down and contemplate youre life. That’s why establishing a time for reflection, prayer, or meditation right before bed is a great idea. This practice will help you become a more mindful, grateful person. Plus, it’ll help you get a good night’s rest.
3. Bringing technology into the bed
Unsuccessful people wreak havoc on their own sleep cycles by refusing to put away their phones before bed. It is advised everyone to turn off their screens before bed. The bright blue lights mess with your head and make it harder to fall asleep . This also means switching over to paper books for any late-night reading. Checking Twitter one last time isn’t worth wrecking your Circadian rhythm.
4. Worrying about everything
Unsuccessful people tend to dwell on the past and fray about the future. It’s easy to fall into the trap of replaying negative situations from the day that you wish you had handled differently. Unsuccessful people dwell on the negativity, thus creating more stress and unhappiness. As for worrying about the future — it’s totally fine to get nervous about a major upcoming event every once in a while. However, if you’re spending every night laying in bed dreading the future, that’s a bad sign. Your negativity is most likely hurting your overall mindset, not to mention your ability to get any shut eye.
5. Neglecting hygiene
This one should go without saying, but get into a good hygiene routine before bed. Brush (and floss) your teeth. Shower regularly. Don’t neglect yourself. Unsuccessful people struggle to maintain any consistent nighttime rituals, even basic ones like brushing their teeth regularly. You’re definitely not setting yourself up for success if you’re not taking care of yourself. When stress rises and becomes cumulative during the day, it’s much harder to fall asleep at night because it’s harder to slow down and quiet our brains. So, the key here is to recognize that and to create a ritual for going to sleep.
6. Having a nightcap
We think having a nightcap, having a drink, is going to relax us and be like a sedative. And it does act like a sedative at the beginning — but then shortly after we fall asleep, it changes allegiances. Alcohol robs you of quality sleep by keeping you in the lighter stages of sleep from which you can be awakened easily, and by preventing you from falling into deeper, more restorative stages of sleep.
7. Not getting enough sleep
Unsuccessful people might reason that they don’t have enough time to get enough shut eye. They’ve got their priorities completely wrong. Getting enough sleep is imperative to your health. Numerous studies have linked poor sleeping habits with all sorts of health problems. For example, its previously reported that men who don’t get enough sleep are more at risk for diabetes. Never forget that a good night’s rest is crucial for your long-term health.