Sleeping well can effectively maintain all internal organs of the body. It’s the simplest and most comfortable way to maintain health.
However, beware of bad sleeping habits that cause extreme harm to your body. If you have trouble sleeping, it is best to let go of these five bad habits to improve your health.
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5 sleeping habits to break
1. Going to bed angry
Emotions have a significant impact on your physical health. For example, anger is a destructive emotion for health, especially before bed. Getting angry can make the heart beat fast, and being out of breath can lead to insomnia or affect sleep quality.
Strong emotions such as anger also have the potential to disrupt the heart rhythm and may become life-threatening.
2. Eating too much
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that “if the stomach is not in harmony, you will feel restless when you sleep.” Therefore, at this time, the stomach and intestines should be rested. If you overeat before bed, your digestive system will have to work overtime, and the adverse stimuli produced at this time will be transmitted to the brain.
3. Excessive exercise
Many believe exercising before bed can make one feel tired and fall asleep more easily. However, too much exercise before bed will excite the brain’s nerve cells that control muscle activity, which is not conducive to improving sleep quality.
If you want to take steps toward better sleep before bed, do some massage and stretching. The following are two stretching movements that can be done on the bed.
- Straighten your legs together, hook your toes back, grasp your toes with both hands, and slowly press your body down until the large tendons on your thighs feel stretched.
- Stretch your legs apart, hook your toes back, grab your toes with both hands, and press your body down slowly. No using brutal force, and don’t deliberately push your body to your legs. Just do it until the prominent tendons behind your legs feel stretched.
4. Drinking tea
Tea, especially green tea, contains caffeine, stimulating the central nervous system. Therefore, it is best to drink tea during the day. Drinking a small cup of warm water before bed is much more beneficial. But don’t drink too much, or you may have to get up at night, affecting your sleep.
5. Improper pillows
A good pillow is essential for good sleep. A pillow that is too low can cause a stiff neck, swollen head, and puffy eyelids. A pillow that is too high can affect the smoothness of the airway and may cause neck discomfort, which will affect sleep.
It is recommended to buy a pillow that can stick to the depression of the neck, such as an ingot-shaped health pillow with a low in the middle and a high at the ends.
This kind of pillow has strong elasticity and is easy to recover. It can control your posture well during sleep, support and protect the cervical spine and let the cervical spine get better rest. The height of the pillow can be selected according to your situation.