Sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, yet so many people treat it like a luxury, thinking they're just "not good sleepers" when they wake up tired and miserable.
This doesn't have to be the case! If you've tried the obvious strategies -- like "not drinking a redeye at 8pm" and "staying away from the last round of Fireball shots" -- you might be guilty of the following habits that prevent you from getting that beauty rest you so desperately need.
Keeping the thermostat too high
Dr. Aneesa Das, a sleep medicine expert at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, says that if your room is too warm, it can interfere with a good night of sleep: "We sleep better when our bodies cool down. While you don’t want to wake up shivering, you should keep the temperature as cool as you can for comfort."
Having a serious relationship talk right before bed
While spending some quality time with a partner in the evening is one thing, couples therapist Melody Li recommends that you avoid bringing up relationship issues that probably won't be solved before you fall asleep. It's also definitely not the best time to discuss sexual problems after a negative sexual experience. Bad sex + bad sleep = horrible mood. Probably for days, really. Not to say that you should ignore problems entirely, but starting a major chat right before bed is guaranteed to make you or your partner feel defensive, inadequate, or stressed out -- none of which contribute to good sleep.