3 simple ways to get more restful sleep – Harvard Health

Want to sleep better? First tip…cut down on caffeine. Perhaps you don’t drink coffee but you take a lot of other drinks that are high in caffeine. Want to know what these are? Energy drinks, teas, chocolates and some sodas, too. Apart from the laxative effect of caffeine, it has other actions on the body:

Inability to sleep – not a good idea if you want a good night rest, right?
Rapid heart beat
Irritation of the bladder
High blood pressure etc
The recommended daily amount of caffeine is 400mg which is about the amount of coffee in two 8 ounce cups of coffee. These are the dainty cups of coffee and not the huge mug-like (Who-send-you-come?) cups that a lot of us favour 😀

The energy drinks often contain huge amounts of caffeine and are used by people as a pick-me-up for different reasons. The thing is, if you haven’t slept for 3 days and you’re trying to complete that project by taking more energy drinks that will keep you awake, you will eventually pay for this…one way or the other. It is either the side-effects of caffeine take over or you do fall asleep! You can’t cheat nature (forgive the cliché). Your body needs rest when it needs rest and it will get it one way or another!

So, if you must, one energy drink (about 500mls) once in a blue moon may not hurt you but it may be more constructive to try to pace your activities and not try to get everything done at once. Eat healthy and get some exercise (at least 30 minutes) daily. Mixing these drinks with alcohol and other recreational drugs makes it a more dangerous ‘concoction’.

Please avoid energy drinks if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or you have a heart disease or at least speak to your doctor about it. Children and adolescents should stay off this. Pregnant women and breast feeding mothers should be especially careful.

For the other two tips to sleeping better, click on this link: https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/3-ways-to-get-more-restful-sleep

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