1. Resolving conflicts with your partner. The old adage “never go to bed angry” might not be so wise after all. Staying up to hash out an argument could not only cut into your sleep time but also leave you feeling too worked up to doze off. A better alternative: Agreeing to disagree for the time being.
2. Working out. Some of us can’t even be paid to work out. So if you’re one of the admirable few who exercise on a regular basis, you certainly shouldn’t quit. Just know that if you exercise too late in the evening, you might not get as much sleep as you need.
3. Relying on a glass of wine to wind down. Alcohol may help you feel drowsy, but it actually negatively affects how you sleep. Specifically, alcohol causes you to wake up more often and experience less deep sleep. So instead of relying on alcohol, consider drinking herbal tea or warm milk to relax.
4. Using your phone in bed, period. Your bed should be for rest and sex only. The blue light produced from your smartphone has been proven to keep you awake and contribute to the development of serious diseases. But if you need another compelling reason to keep your phone out of your bed, know that it’ll also help preserve your sex life. Staring into your phone’s screen instead of your lover’s eyes means you’re less likely to get busy on the regular.
5. Eating late-night snacks. Regularly munching on something salty or sweet before bed means those calories are more likely to be stored as fat, rather than burned for energy. That’s a fast track to weight gain. But even in the short term, eating too close to bedtime can disrupt your sleep.