Health Tip: Avoid These Things Before Bedtime

(HealthDay News) -- If you're not getting enough sleep, it could be due to your activities before you hit the hay.

The National Sleep Foundation warns against:

  • Taking medications that contain pseudoephedrine, a stimulant. If you need relief from cold or allergy symptoms, opt for an antihistamine designed for night-time use.
  • Don't watch TV, work at a computer or use a tablet or smartphone. Light from these screens can over-stimulate your brain. Opt for a book or music instead.
  • Don't take a hot bath just before bed. Bathe at least an hour before so your body has time to cool off before sleep.
  • Don't go to sleep with a full belly, especially if it's loaded with foods high in fat and salt.
  • Don't drink beverages that contain caffeine after the morning. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 12 hours.

-- Diana Kohnle

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