Lack of exercise
Studies back up the notion that exercise promotes better sleep.
“We have solid evidence that exercise does, in fact, help you fall asleep more quickly and improves sleep quality,” Dr. Charlene Gamaldo, medical director of Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep at Howard County General Hospital, said on the website. It’s not completely understood how exercise helps sleep, but it’s known that moderate aerobic exercise increases the amount of deep sleep people get.
Too much napping
Napping may do more harm than good if you experience poor sleep, according to the Mayo Clinic. Napping for a long time or too often can interfere with a good night’s rest. If you do have to nap, make sure it’s for no longer than 20 minutes. And take naps early — napping after 3 p.m. can impede sleeping at night.
Poor sleep hygiene
Difficulty falling asleep and disturbed sleep are two signs of poor sleep hygiene, according to the Sleep Foundation. Sleep hygiene is performing good habits that promote consistent, comfortable sleep.
You can improve your sleep hygiene by making sleep a priority and having a set schedule. Making gradual adjustments can help you settle into a new schedule. They include moving up your bedtime an hour at a time, instead of changing it all at once.
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