At Sleepy Panda, we want you to have the best night's sleep so we've come up with the basic do not do's if you want that perfect night's sleep:
Watch Television Or Use Your Phone Or Use Your Tablet Or Use Your VR Glasses - Those bright screens help in reducing Melatonin, the chemical that makes you sleepy. The longer you stare at a screen visually, the less likely you’ll fall asleep. A suggestion is to stop using technology or watch TV at least 1-2 hours before sleeping.
Drinking - It’s a generally known fact that drinking any form of caffeine, whether it be Earl Grey Tea or Coffee will keep you awake, but in general it’s suggested to not drink any fluids (including alcohol!) at least one and a half hours before going to sleep. Why? Those dreaded night time bathroom trips will happen where you have to feel your way against the walls dying to go to the toilet...Not that much fun!
Work - Don’t work, whether it’s cramming for an exam the next day, or doing that PPT presentation your boss wants by 3pm tomorrow. If your mind won’t rest, your body won’t rest. Every single person in the world has 24 hours a day and we all have different results. Maximize your day so you don’t minimize your night!
Any Form of Deep Thought Or Conversation - Your bed should be a place of rest. When you lie in it, the only thing you should do is relax and fall asleep. Don’t drag the horrible situations you have faced today or will tomorrow or in the past into your bed with you. As the saying goes, ‘Don’t go to bed angry’ and there’s a reason for this - It will disturb your sleep patterns and you’ll have a restless sleep. Our minds are programmed to be defensive in adverse situations (A great gift from our ancestors) and awake at any form of attack, thus, the restless sleep you’ll have if you ‘go to bed angry’!
Exercise - You should ditch that yoga class or that weight’s session with your gym partner if it’s approximately 3-4 hours before going to bed. Exercise causes your core body temperature as well as your heart rate and adrenaline levels to rise. We’re not suggesting you don’t exercise, but exercise earlier in the day.