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6 Sneaky Things Keeping You Up at Night

6 Sneaky Things Keeping You Up at Night

You’ve been there. It’s 3am, and you don’t know why you can’t fall asleep.

I’ve been there too, and I’ve discovered there are 6 sneaky things keeping us up at night.

Comment below about what’s keeping you up at night, and how you plan to change it.

The Sneaky 6

1. Your herbal “tea” is actually a tea…with caffeine.

Is caffeine sneaking its way into your life?

All tea comes from the same plant – Camellia Sinensis. All tea, whether it’s white, green, black, oolong, etc.) has some amount of caffeine. As you know, caffeine is a stimulant.

However, we call herbal brews like chamomile and peppermint herbal “teas.” They’re not really teas at all. In fact, these are tisanes (pronounced tiz-ahns), which are also called herbal infusions or herbal blends. Call them what you like, but they’re not teas, so they don’t have caffeine.

Here’s the kicker. We’ve become so accustomed to calling tisanes “herbal teas” that we don’t realize that these tisanes may actually have tea in them. And remember what tea has in it?

Caffeine.

What to do?

Look at your ingredients label. If it saws peppermint and/or lists other herbs in it, then there’s no caffeine. BUT, if any of those words contains the word “tea” in it, you’re getting caffeine too.

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2. Drinking decaf coffee or tea before bed.

Just because it says decaf doesn’t mean there’s no caffeine in your brew.

Tea leaves and coffee beans go through process that extract much of the caffeine (and some flavor) from them. However, the process doesn’t remove it all. If you’re drinking decaf, and you still can’t sleep, this may be the culprit.

What to do?

Skip the decaf before you tuck in for bed.

3. That nightcap.

If you wake up un the middle of the night when you’ve had a glass (or two) of red that evening, your wine may be the issue.

It turns out, even though wine helps you go to sleep faster, it also disrupts your breathing patterns causing you to wake up in the middle of the night and lose deep REM sleep.

What to do?

Irshaad Ebrahim, PhD, a neuropsychiatrist and researcher at the London Sleep Centre recommends that we stop drinking at least an hour before bedtime to ensure there is less alcohol in our system when we go to sleep.

4. An Inconsistent Schedule.

If you’re sleeping in on the week-ends and staying up late, that affects the whole work week. You’re sluggish and not on your game.

There are other reasons to ensure consistent sleep such as higher risk of diabetes and obesity.

What to do? 

Get on a schedule and stick to it. It’s tough sometimes, but if you deviate, be sure to get back on track ASAP.

5. Nighttime Chocolaty Treats.

Chocolate may be a delicious treat to have before bed, but it has — you guessed it — caffeine!

What to do? 

If you need to satisfy that sweet tooth, you may want to try a naturally sweetened herbal infusion. I like Lola and Francesca.

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6. Your TV or e-Device

Do you use the TV to lull you to sleep or leave your phone in your bedroom in case something super important comes up in the middle of the night?

Don’t do it!

Two thirds of people in the world watch TV in the hour before bedtime. Crazy, right?

Here’s the deal.

Studies have show that the bright light coming from TVs and devices stimulates the brain, which effects the secretion of melatonin, which is a hormone we need to sleep well.

Have you noticed that when your phone is in the bedroom that you’re more likely to reach over and start scrolling through Facebook or Twitter? I have. Not only does the screen keep you up at night, having the phone next to your bed in the morning tempts you to scroll through your pages leaving less time to do what you really need to do.

Oh, yeah, and another consequence of having a TV in your bedroom is that it halves your chances of having sex with your partner. No bueno.

What to do? 

Ban the TV and e-Devices from your bedroom. Place your phone in another room, and you’ll also find getting up to turn off your alarm makes it easier to get out of bed and start your day.

Comment below with what’s keeping you up at night, and how you plan to change things. I’d love to hear from you.

Much love,

Dina

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