1. Not taking enough time. One of the most common mistakes people make about sleep is thinking there’s this switch that gets triggered as soon as you jump into bed that cues sleep. However, that is not how sleep works. Taking everything in it’s stride but in a routine will help your brain to start slowing down.
2. Bringing cell phones to bed with you. Cell phones bring the world to your fingertips wherever you go, which is great — except when you’re trying to signal to your body to shut down and power off. And the same goes for laptops, TVs, tablets and other electronics. I honestly cannot sleep without my phone on next to me but I now always turn the sound off and place it face down so the light doesn’t disturb my sleep. I think knowing it’s next to me helps me to relax.
3. Too much caffeine during the day. It’s not just before you go to sleep that caffeine can affect your sleep it’s how much of it you have consumed in a whole day be it tea, coffee or chocolate which are the worst culprits. Think about what you are consuming after 12 Noon onwards.
4. Sleeping too hot. Part of the body’s process of falling asleep is decreasing its temperature. (Physiologically, that’s part of what happens during sleep!) So keeping your bedroom temperature cool just helps this happen faster. Ideally keep your thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Sleep Foundation. If that feels chilly, cover with a light blanket (or keep one nearby) that you can shove aside as needed.
5. Too much light. Light is one of the most important external factors that can affect sleep. It does so both directly, by making it difficult for people to fall asleep, and indirectly, by influencing the timing of our internal clock and thereby affecting our preferred time to sleep, says Harvard Healthy Sleep.