Sneaky sleep saboteurs
by Amanda MacMillan
Getting a good night’s sleep is important for your mood, your energy levels, and your overall health. It’s also dependent on what you do during the dayhow much physical activity you get, what you eat and drink, and how mentally stimulated you areespecially in the hours before you crawl into bed.
“When people suffer from insomnia or other sleep issues, it’s often because of something they’re doing, probably unintentionally, when they should be preparing for rest,” says Michael Grandner, PhD, a psychiatry instructor and member of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Here are 20 things you might want to avoid at night, especially if you’re suffering from a lack of shuteye.