No Coffee before Sleeping!
Let’s face it, a nice Espresso is always the best way to end a meal and many do follow this rule, even at dinnertime. But we have unfortunate news about this tasty drink. First of all, caffeine is a stimulant, which means that it will make your body alert and awake, even if you don’t feel any changes. Caffeine can also cause dizziness and nervousness as well as affect your REM sleep.
Even though you may think that caffeine is not affecting your sleep, it does affect your body. A study that was published back in 2013 by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine confirmed that any caffeine intake within the last 6 hours before sleeping will most definitely affect your body. If you have trouble sleeping, remove any caffeinated drink from your diet for the last half of the day. The best time to consume coffee or sodas is during the day, not before bedtime.
Caffeine affects your body in many ways. Preventing sleep is one of them but there are many others as well. It will increase your anxiety and nervousness. It can even cause dizziness. Additionally, caffeine is not only found in coffee. Nowadays, most sodas also have caffeine as one of their active ingredients. Make sure to check the list of ingredients on the back label of your favorite drinks. This way you will know what to avoid before bedtime to sleep better.
If you feel like having a hot drink, stick to herbal teas or hot chocolate. Try avoiding coffee for at least six hours before your regular sleep time. You will sleep better and feel more rested. Another tip to sleep better has to do with drinks in general. To avoid unnecessary trips to the bathroom, restrict any drink intake (even water) before bedtime.