Every now and then, we all get a restless night and most of the time we know what is to blame. There are times when noise outside are to blame or perhaps your allergies acting up or your too much love for coffee is the culprit. But often times the reason behind a restless night is a mystery to many of us. Here are a few things that can rob you of a good night’s sleep and you might be surprised.
Sleeping In on Weekends
Weekend! We wait and wait for these days to arrive. When we hit Friday, most of us exclaim “Thank God It’s Friday!” since we know that the next 2 days are rest days. With a hectic schedule during weekdays, many of us are tempted to just stay in bed and sleep in most hours of our Saturdays and Sundays. But too much sleep is just as bad as staying up late. If you have the habit of waking up really late during weekends your body’s biological clock will be thrown off its rhythm drastically. To paint a picture, it would seem that your body roamed across time zones giving your body a jet lag. This makes it hard for sleep to come by come Sunday night.
A Full Moon
Much has been said about the effects of full moon on people. Some say that people tend to go wild and crazy on a full moon while a popular folklore says that some men turn into werewolves on a full moon. But is it true that a full moon has an effect on our sleep? According to a small study, people tend to sleep less, tend to have less deep sleep and take extra time to fall asleep during full moon nights.
Extreme Room Temperature
The temperature of your room can also affect the quality of sleep you get. If the room’s temperature is too hot or too cold, your sleep can be disrupted. The ideal sleeping temperature is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature gets lower than 54 degrees Fahrenheit or higher than 75 degrees Fahrenheit sleep will be hard to come by.
You may think that being blanketed by complete silence will let you have a good night’s sleep but according to the director of the Disorders and Research Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Thomas Roth Ph.D. this is not so ideal. We all want a quiet and calm atmosphere for sleeping but having complete silence in the room can make every little sound a distraction. This can wake you up from sleep.
Fatty Foods for Dinner
It’s not just caffeine that can rob you of a good night’s sleep. Fatty foods as well as protein-packed foods can do the same. So avoid having steaks for dinner and other protein-packed foods. Lay off the french fries and pizza as well before going to bed.
These are just a few of the things that can rob you of a well-rested night.
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