Can’t sleep? Don’t do this.

I always sigh and chuckle to myself when I read  my social media feeds in the morning and see all the “I can’t sleeeeppp,” posts from the middle of the night. I laugh, not because I’m some sick, sadistic person who gets pleasure out of my friend’s insomnia. I smile only because it’s ironic.

Why, you ask?

Logging on to your Facebook/Twitter/Vine/etc. pages is NOT going to help you sleep. In fact, it makes trying to fall back asleep even worse.  The light that emanates from your computer, smart-phone, etc. can actually keep you alert when you should be getting sleepy. Plus, what can your friends/followers do for you at 2am when you’re wide awake? Social media is awesome, but it’s not awesome enough to make you magically fall asleep.

Ok, off my soap box.

If you find yourself wide awake in the middle of the night and unable to fall back into blissful sleep, here are a few other things to NOT do.

Stay in bed: Lying in bed, staring at the ceiling won’t help you fall asleep any quicker. Get out of bed and go into another dimly lit room and read a few chapters from a book, listen to soothing music, or make yourself a cup of chamomile tea.

– Sip on booze: While a “nightcap” or middle-of-the-nightcap might make you drowsy, it actually disrupts sleep.

– Surf the web: (See above.)

There are also a few other things that you shouldn’t do during the day, as they can disrupt your sleep. They are:

Drinking a caffeinated beverage within six hours of bed: Yup. Six hours. Caffeine has a half-life of anywhere from 6-11 hours, depending on body type and metabolism. That 4pm cup of java you had as a pick-me-up might be the culprit why you’re wide awake at midnight.

Working out too close to bedtime: Try and get your 30 min of exercise in, but not within 2-3 hours of bedtime.

Keep the TV and work materials out of the bedroom: Your bedroom is for sleep and sex only. End of story.

Here’s to hoping you get your quality Zzzzs each and every night. If not, don’t log on to Facebook and complain, otherwise you’ll get a comment from me that says, “Told you so…”

Until next time…
Sweet Dreams!

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