3 Common Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Sleep

By Genevieve Cunningham

There’s almost nothing better than a good night’s sleep. You wake up relaxed, refreshed, and ready to tackle the day ahead. Unfortunately, this is a fairly rare happening. Most people don’t get a good night’s sleep, and instead toss and turn all night long. But why? Why aren’t we, as a collective society, getting enough rest? If you’re lacking the right amount of sleep, take a look at these three common mistakes that may be ruining your sleep.

You Fall Asleep to TV

Television is a relatively common convenience. Though we’ve had this convenience for over 60 years, it seems that the amount that it’s being used is growing and growing every year, and this has bled over into our sleeping hours. Many turn on the TV at night in order to relax and unwind. And what happens? You fall asleep with it blaring. While this may seem like a minor problem, the noise and light from the TV is actually disrupting sleeping patterns and leaving us feeling less than rested.

The Phone is Your Insomnia Companion

When many people find it difficult to sleep, they reach for their best friend -- the phone. But this is one of the worst habits to create. The phone -- the light, the information, the constant movement -- keeps our minds awake and running. If you find that sleep is eluding you, don’t reach for the phone. Instead, get up and move. Walk into another room, get a glass of water, or grab an extra blanket. Just get up, get out of bed, and leave the phone on the nightstand where it belongs.

You Don’t Have a Regular Schedule

We’re all a bit guilty of this. Once we pass elementary school, most people let their bedtime routine fall by the wayside. Sometimes this is out of necessity, but often it’s simply out of desire. We want to stay up later to watch 30 more minutes of TV or simply to veg out and relax. While this probably seems harmless, a schedule is very important for the body and mind to relax enough to get good sleep. Try returning to a schedule -- bedtime, alarm, wind down routine -- and you’ll probably find your sleep improve.

Getting enough sleep isn’t enough; you also need that sleep to be of good quality. If you’re having a tough time in the sleep department, make sure you’re not ruining your own sleep by partaking in these bad habits. With a few minor adjustments, you may find your sleep improve in a bg way for better health overall.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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