Violent scenes

Witnessing a scary scene either live or in a movie can mess with your mind, resulting in bad dreams. Violent scenes can linger in the mind for long, making you struggle with falling asleep. So for a peaceful night’s rest be sure to watch something less scary.

Bright lights

According to sleep expert and author of Sleep Smarter, Shawn Stevenson, the illumination from outdoor lighting directly reduces your chances of having a good night’s sleep. He advises that two hours before you sleep, you should try avoid bright lights as much as you can. This includes all the lighting from your smart devices.

Caffeine

While this may sound like common knowledge to a lot of us there are still people who indulge in a cuppa before bed and wonder why they struggle to fall asleep. So, if you’re a coffee lover restrict your intake by ensuring that you don’t have a cup after 2pm or at least 8 hours before you sleep. This will see you enjoy the benefits of coffee without compromising on your sleep.

Stress

While stress should be avoided at all times, it’s effects are worse on the quality of your sleep. Stressing at night will only bombard your mind with worries and thoughts that will overtake your mind and deprive you of your much needed sleep. To avoid this, try doing breathing exercises before going to bed and take up yoga and meditation as these can help in shutting down your mind and relaxing.

Turning up the room temperature

Have you ever noticed just how difficult it is to fall asleep on a hot day? That’s because people tend to sleep better when it’s cooler and the body’s temperature drops at night hence you can cover yourself during sleep without feeling too hot. So the next time you think of increasing the heat on a cold night consider what it might do for your sleep.