Bad quality sleep is one of the most common causes of numerous health problems, while experts say that people are disrupting their own sleep through several seemingly insignificant bad habits.
Even if you try to go to bed at the same time every night and read a book right before you fall asleep, there are several habits which can get in the way of a good night's sleep.
Don't check your phone if you wake up
It's actually completely normal to wake up often during the night, with scientific research stating that this is a product of our evolution. It's been proven that a person can wake up as many as 10 times per night, without this affecting their sleep quality.
But if you start going through your phone as soon as you wake up you'll find it harder to fall sleep again. Don't look for something to do if your sleep gets interrupted, instead close your eyes and you'll find yourself falling asleep in a few minutes.
Don't think about the next day before you fall asleep
Always focus on something that calms your nerves when you lay down in your bed. Meditation or reading are suitable hobbies that'll prepare your body for sleep.
But do not, under any circumstances, make plans for the next day because these kinds of thoughts can occupy your mind for hours, making it difficult for you to fall asleep, in turn leading to a lack of the required energy the next day for you to carry out your plans.
You can't make up for lost sleep
It's a widespread myth that if we sleep less hours one night, we can sleep more the next and thus compensate for that one-time lack of sleep.
But the truth is that you can't make up for lost sleep. Even if you've slept less than the required hours just one night, this has already had its effect on your body and it doesn't matter how long you sleep the following night.