Are you sleep deprived?  Proper sleep improves productivity, innovation, creativity, and overall well-being.

4 Things That May Be Ruining Your Sleep Quality

Are you sleep deprived?  Proper sleep improves productivity, innovation, creativity, and overall well-being. Without adequate sleep each night, you won’t function at your best nor feel great either. If you feel depressed, have increased symptoms of stress and anxiety, feel sluggish, or are constantly struggling to perform, then poor-quality sleep is likely to blame. Find out more about the four common things that may ruin your sleep quality and how to avoid them.

Poor Diet and Exercise Routine

Eating large meals or exercising before bed will always ruining your quality of sleep. These two things are the number one culprits of insomnia and why many can’t get to sleep or sleep throughout the night. Caffeine, alcohol, sweets, and heavy meals right before bed keep you awake as they are responsible for stimulating the brain, not resting it. Large meals also require your body to work harder to digest them. Not something you want to do before sleeping.

Sleep Around Electronics and Noises

Do you get to sleep by turning on a movie or scrolling through social media on your smartphone? If so, you are only self-sabotaging yourself. The lights and noises from the television keep your brain active and disturb REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, even if you happen to fall asleep. Rapid eye movement sleep is when you begin to dream, which is important for learning and increased memory and brain function.

Avoiding Rest or Down Time Before Bed

Give yourself time to wind down to shift your brain to shut down. Your mind and body require time to adjust to the information you received for the day. Going straight to bed from work or other aggressive activities only permits you to overthink or stress while in bed. Instead, create a routine that works with your need to process these emotions and concerns out of bed first. Write them down in a diary, do some simple meditation exercises, read a book, or do some light stretching and breathing exercise thirty to sixty minutes before bed each night.

Following an Inconsistent Sleep Schedules

Whether obvious or not, your body likes to stick to schedules. But, unfortunately, waking up at different times each day doesn’t do you any favors. You may think you’re allowing yourself freedom by not having any schedule, but it’s a trick. A lack of sleep schedule only confuses your circadian rhythm (your body’s natural clock). When you have a confused circadian rhythm, it becomes hard for your body to regulate its energy levels.

Avoid these common bad habits to improve your sleep and have the clarity you need to achieve more goals. Proper sleep is vital to your success, happiness, and well-being.


Rev. Colleen Irwin
Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Public Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium, teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She remembers speaking with Spirit as a child and learning how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book “Discovering Your Stream”. Colleen has been mentored by Reverend Jack Rudy, and ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved. When she is not doing her Spiritual work she is a volunteer docent sharing Susan B. Anthony's history to visitors of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Her trust in Spirit gave her a new title – PREVIVOR. She now uses her platform to educate others about the BRCA genetic mutation and how one can take control of their health and well-being.
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