Here are 13 things you should never do before bed

You should know that this is not just about the duration of your sleep, it also has to do with the quality.

2. Drinking coffee

You might already know that coffee before bed is a bad idea, but most people still indulge several hours before bedtime thinking it would leave their system after a couple of hours.

Truth is, caffeine can stay in the body for up to 12 hours. Even caffeine at lunch can be too close to bedtime for some people.

3. Drinking tea

While this might sound like an alternative to coffee because you simply enjoy a hot beverage before bed, it might come with its own issues.

Some teas actually contain some level of caffeine. If you do have to indulge, dunk your tea bag quickly into a cup of hot water, then dump the water out and make a second cup using that same tea bag.

Most of tea’s caffeine is released early on in the steeping process, so this may help you enjoy the flavour and warmth without so much of the stimulant.

4. Eat chocolate

Another sneaky source of caffeine is chocolate, especially dark chocolate with high cocoa contents. Keep off anything with chocolates in it, including ice cream, before bed especially if you are very sensitive to caffeine.

Chocolate also contains the stimulant theobromine, which has been shown to increase heart rate and sleeplessness.

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