You drink to nod off
Yes, a big glass of Pinot can make you drowsy initially. But as your body metabolizes the alcohol while you sleep, a drink or two before bed can actually wake you up later in the night and prevent your body from entering deeper, more restorative phases of sleep. Learn more sleeping mistakes you’re making that could be causing your insomnia.
You keep a different sleep schedule on the weekends
“If I had one sleep tip, it would be to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day,” says sleep medicine doctor and psychologist Michael Breus, PhD, who runs the website thesleepdoctor.com. “Your body craves this consistency.” If you go to sleep and wake up later on the weekends, don’t expect to be able to fall asleep at your weekday bedtime Sunday night, he says. Experts have named this insomnia cause “social jet lag,” as you’re effectively forcing your body to toggle between two different time zones every week. Here are some secrets to a better night’s sleep, straight from sleep doctors.