We've said it before and we'll say it again, sleep can be the most fickle thing out there. This is the very reason why many struggle with it.
But when we thought that we already know just how fickle sleep can be, some new things can still surprise us. And one of these is the fact that some healthy behaviors can also mess with your sleep.
Yes, you've read that right. Even doing the right thing can still apparently hurt your sleep hygiene. That's just how fickle sleep can be.
What exactly are these healthy behaviors that you should be on the lookout for and what can you do about them? Here are 2 examples that you might actually be the very reason why you continue to struggle with getting quality sleep despite trying your best to be healthy:
Most of us have those days that we just want to reward yourself with a little bit more rest after a grueling week. This is especially true if you did your best in covering all your bases, including sleeping on time.
As it turns out, this can actually hurt your zzz's, too.
How? Honestly, you should've seen this coming if you did your research before sticking to a sleep schedule. By doing so, you should know that sleeping in can easily mess up your very delicate sleep cycle. As this thing works by sticking to a rigorous bed and wake up times, it really shouldn't be surprising that sleeping in on a Saturday morning can throw off your established bedtime the next evening. This can then create a ripple effect and mess up your sleep altogether.
Exercising is a good thing, especially for your sleep. However, doing it too late in the evening will wake you up and make you lose more zzz's. So if you think that tiring yourself out with a heavy workout will help you sleep better, you better get the facts straight. As exercising triggers the release of wakeful hormones, exercising too close to your bedtime will prevent the ways how your body induces sleep.
Waking up very early to work out is also not recommended. This can cause you to sleep less which can then leave you too tired or groggy to function for the rest of the day. It can also lead you to rely on food to have more energy which can be counterintuitive if you're trying to lose weight.
So when's the best time to workout? Science says that the afternoons are the best time to exercise. It's said to be the best time to regulate your circadian rhythm so it's best to schedule your workouts during this time.
As we've said multiple times before, a lot of the things we do can easily affect our sleep. So if you want to sleep better, make sure to be careful with the things you do. Time them properly and you can be sure to get better shuteye.Tags: