4 Bad Sleeping Habits You Need to Kick to the Curb ASAP

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How many bad sleeping habits are you guilty of?

Say Goodnight to These Bad Sleeping Habits

If you wake up feeling restless or if you have a difficult time getting to sleep at night, it might be time to face the music. You might be experiencing these things due to a few bad sleeping habits. But, don't worry, we've all been there. Perhaps you have been consumed by a deep conversation on your phone or perhaps you have been glued to your television after binging The OA on Netflix for five hours straight and you just can't look away. Whatever it is, there are a few things that you might be doing that affects your quality of sleep. And it shows.

So, what are a few of these not-so-great sleeping habits? Today, we're sharing a few. Because the first step is to be aware of your actions before finding the so-called cure to better sleep. Though, you should know that we aren't doctors and you can always speak to a trusted medical doctor if you have any further questions or concerns. But, without further adieu, here are some common bad sleeping habits.

Stop Hitting Snooze in the Morning

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I'm guilty of this. We're probably all guilty of this. However, hitting the snooze button on your alarm will likely throw off your sleeping schedule and cause you to feel more tired. In The Huffington Post, sleep specialist Rafael Pelayo, MD, explained that when you hit the snooze button, "your body and brain are taken by surprise, resulting in that groggy, fuzzy-headed feeling called sleep inertia. The more you snooze, the more confused your body and brain get." As a result, you're going to feel more groggy than if you snooze than if you just get up.

Avoid Eating a Big Meal Right Before Bed

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While you shouldn't go to bed hungry, as your body still needs energy when you sleep, and a small snack before bed should be fine, you shouldn't eat large meals – or a lot of junk food – before bed. According to Sleep.org, large meals can leave you feeling uncomfortable with heartburn or indigestion, as lying down after eating "can encourage stomach acids to bubble back up your esophagus."

Don't Watch Television or Interact With Your Phone Right Before Bed

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Tablets, televisions, laptops, and smartphones are just apart of our daily lives. It's 2019, right? However, you probably shouldn't look at your electronics right before bed. According to the National Sleep Foundation, these devices actually delay your body's internal clock, making it more difficult to sleep. How does this work? Well, the artificial blue light from electronics can actually suppress a sleep-inducing hormone called melatonin, leaving you more alert instead of tired as the night goes on.

Start Sticking to a Sleeping Schedule

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As hard as this can be, you should probably stop going to bed and sleeping in at different times. And yes, even on the weekends. According to Harvard University, keeping a regular sleeping schedule can help maintain "the timing of the body's internal clock and can help you fall asleep and wake up more easily."

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