Common Sleep Mistakes

Are you struggling to sleep and don’t know why? We want to help! To aid you in this process, here are 3 common mistakes that may be disrupting your sleep:

1. Overstimulation

If you are like most people, your workday doesn’t end when you leave the office. You are constantly checking emails, responding to calls, and reviewing slides right up until your bedtime—which can lead to overstimulation.

Additionally, you may overstimulate yourself by watching television shows with violence and/or horror elements, by reading the news, or by getting into an argument.

Engaging in these activities close to your bedtime may seem like no big deal, but this overstimulation within 1 hour of your bedtime can significantly disrupt your sleep.

2. Laying In Bed

This mistake may surprise you, but staying in bed too long can make it harder to fall asleep. If you lay down for too long, anxious thoughts, chronic pain or or anything else is likely to keep your mind up and activated.

The simple solution to staying in bed too long is to get out of bed if you can’t fall asleep after 20 to 30 minutes.

3. Inconsistency

You lead a busy life—so you likely try to get sleep whenever you can. For example, you may only get 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night during the week, so to make up for it you sleep as much as possible on the weekends. Or perhaps you don’t have a set bedtime, so one night you go to bed at 10 p.m., and the next night at 1 a.m.

An inconsistent sleep schedule can wreak havoc on your ability to both fall asleep and stay asleep. So your best bet when it comes to getting good sleep is to establish a regular time for both going to bed at night and waking up in the morning.

If you are constantly making any of the above sleep mistakes, you can begin by cutting one mistake out of your life at a time. As you do so, you will likely find that you wake up feeling more refreshed and ready for your day. Have other sleep methods? Drop them in the comments below!