If you're having trouble falling asleep or sleeping soundly throughout the night, it may be due to certain before-bed habits that could be messing with your rest. Unfortunately, certain causes of sleep deprivation could leave you feeling weary and low in energy come morning. And, it's really a matter of what you're doing during the daytime that can carry over into night. Good news: with a few tweaks, it's easy to get that rest your body needs.
As a certified health coach, I work with clients on falling asleep naturally, in order to repair muscles and restore body tissues that have been lost from the day's activities. However, if you're missing those valuable minutes of snoozing, it can certainly negatively affect your health, wellbeing, and productivity at work the following the day. And, if it becomes a pattern it can lead to trouble focusing, difficulties remembering things, and a weakened immune system. The long-term side effects of sleep deprivation may even extend to your brain and your gut. Of course finding ways to naturally induce sleepiness is helpful, but it's also a matter of what you're doing in the hours earlier that might be preventing you from powering down at night. Here are seven little habits that could be compromising your sleep, according to experts.