Avoid these 13 bad habits before going to bed

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Here are 13 common things that are ruining your sleep.

1. Using smartphones or other screens before bed

Several studies have suggested that using electronic devices like e-readers and smartphones, or even watching television in or before bed can disrupt sleep. Avoid any light-emitting technology for at least one hour before bedtime.

2. Drinking coffee

You might already know that coffee before bed is a bad idea, but most people still indulge several hours before bedtime thinking it would leave their system after a couple of hours. Truth is, caffeine can stay in the body for up to 12 hours. Even caffeine at lunch can be too close to bedtime for some people.

3. Drinking tea

While this might sound like an alternative to coffee because you simply enjoy a hot beverage before bed, it might come with its own issues. Some teas actually contain some level of caffeine. If you do have to indulge, dunk your tea bag quickly into a cup of hot water, then dump the water out and make a second cup using that same tea bag. Most of tea’s caffeine is released early on in the steeping process, so this may help you enjoy the flavour and warmth without so much of the stimulant.

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