We all know how important sleep is for our energy levels, cognitive function and overall health. But on certain nights, you just can’t seem to stop tossing and turning in restlessness. Happens to the best of us…
If you continue to struggle to fall and/or stay asleep despite having tried everything – from never drinking coffee past 2P.M., to always putting away electronic devices (phone, TV, laptop, etc.) hours before bedtime, to doing 10 minutes of calming yoga before hitting the sack, know that you are not alone. In fact, you and a lot of others will be interested to learn that there are some pretty bizarre factors that may be stopping you from catching those Zzz’s.
- You love to cuddle with a partner
I’m all for cuddling but science has shown that getting cozy with a partner can actually stop you from falling asleep quickly because of increased body temperature. When your body temperature is too hot, sleep becomes disrupted and the quality of your shut-eye is worsened. It’s better to cuddle for only a bit of time before moving to your separate sides of the bed rather than keeping your bodies close for the entire night.
- You have peppermint breath
So you use peppermint toothpaste and your mouth always smells great. Good for you! But we’ll have you know that scientific research has shown that peppermint actually stimulates brain activity and can enhance focus. Increased cell-to-cell communication in the brain will actually prevent it from powering down. Perhaps go for some strawberry flavored toothpaste instead.
- Having had too much to drink
And I’m not just talking about alcohol (although yes, that too.) Drinking that warm and delicious cup of cocoa before you head to bed may just be one of the worst decisions you made. Sure the flavor feels totally worth it at first, but did you know that drinking before sleep keeps your bladder active, which can prevent you from falling asleep and induce midnight bathroom trips (some people can’t fall back asleep after this…).
- The color of your bedroom wall
Yes, as if there weren’t enough factors to consider before finally flopping onto bed, the color of your bedroom wall can actually determine the amount of snooze-time you get. Surveys were conducted and the results showed that people with blue colored walls had an average of 7 hours and 52 minutes of sleep per night while those with purple walls had an average of 5 hours and 56 minutes of sleep per night. Yes, the difference is pretty darn significant, meaning it could really pay off for you to invest some dedicated painting time this coming weekend.
If for some reason you don’t want to change the color of your walls because you just really love the color green or orange or whatever, you’ll be happy to know that you can actually stick to whatever shade you like, so long as they are soft and gentle. For instance, opt for a baby pink rather than a vibrant, hot pink color. Soft colors can actually soothe your body and promote feelings of calmness, preparing you to be in the perfect state to fall asleep.