Leslie Harris here, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve had trouble with sleep. My mother had trouble with her sleep, all my sisters do, and my kids do too.
The national sleep foundation says that adults should get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night, but 21% of those surveyed say they rarely or never wake up feeling well rested, and 43% said they’ve had some insomnia this year. If this is you, there are some things you can avoid that might help.
These are Americans worst sleep habits:
Going to bed at different times. I’m very guilty of this, but I’m working on being more consistent.
Screen time in bed. This one I’ve got down. Many years ago, I got into the habit of turning my phone off before getting in bed.
Eating too much before bed. How much is too much?. Okay, I may be do this of this as well.
Falling asleep with the TV on. I don’t watch too much TV, so this is not a problem for me
Pulling all nighters. I tried this a few times in college, and could barely put two sentences together the next day. In fact, it’s hard for me to believe that adults pass the age of college are still doing this.
Other things that can help with sleep include quality mattresses that are not more than 7 years old, pillows that are less than 2 years old (oops) using body pillows, cotton sheets and good blankets.
I also take melatonin and magnesium every night, and put a few drops of lavender oil on my pillow.
Do you have any of these bad sleep habits? Or any other tips to get a good night’s sleep? Let us know in the Facebook comments