Sleep is the one activity that unequivocally helps your body function.
“Sleep services all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness and mood,” National Institutes of Health neuroscientist Dr. Merrill Mitler said in a newsletter.
Although the importance of sleep is common knowledge, the truth is that you may be sabotaging your own rest. Here are five habits to kick for a better night’s sleep:
1. Sleeping in.
If it feels like it’s harder to wake up Monday morning after two days of sleeping in, it’s because it is. When you wake up at different times throughout the week, your internal clock gets constantly reset. Instead, wake up at a similar time on the weekend so that you don’t break your body’s rhythm.
2. Overloading on caffeine.
From coffee to tea to soda, the caffeine you drink during the day adds up. Eliminate caffeine from your diet at least six hours before bedtime, based on a study by researchers at Michigan’s Henry Ford Hospital’s Sleep Disorders & Research Center and Wayne State College of Medicine.