There are few things finer than sinking into bed after a long, hard day, right? But before you hit the sack, you probably have a bedtime routine that might include putting your hair up – if it’s long. But, this habit could do more harm than good.
Anyone with long hair might think that sleeping with a ponytail protects it from getting tangled or damaged. Turns out, this habit can trigger hair loss. It could even lead to a health condition called traction alopecia. Your hair especially deserves a break at night if you style it a lot during the day. But in fact, sleeping with a ponytail isn’t the only common bedtime habit that can have a negative effect on your body or sleep…
- Tight buns or braids, and even sleeping with rollers, can also be harmful to your mane.
- Your hair especially deserves a break at night if you style it a lot during the day. But if you want to get it out of your face before turning in, try wrapping it up in a silk or satin scarf, or get yourself a sleeping cap.
- Having a pre-bedtime snack full of protein and fiber boosts your metabolism, which is crucial for maintaining a healthy weight. Also, if your body doesn’t get any fuel before getting rest, insulin levels drop.
- Sleeping on your stomach puts additional strain on your spinal cord and back, which doesn’t allow your muscles to relax during rest.
- Staring at your device’s screen also poses a threat to your eyes. Blue light can damage light-sensitive cells in the retina.
- Doing vigorous physical exercises makes you feel more alert and awake, making it hard to doze off.
- While experts are still not sure what exactly causes night leg cramping, they advise stretching the muscles regularly to lower your risk of getting them.
- Sharing a bed with a pet is especially not advised for elderly people and those who have diabetes. On top of that, humans and animals have different sleep cycles.
- Your face touches a pillowcase for much longer than any other fabric. That’s why getting a silk one is important if you want to keep your face looking good.
- We live in a pretty stressful time, and many of us have to juggle multiple commitments. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to relax and prepare yourself mentally for bedtime. So, take a warm bath, take a walk in the park, or simply meditate to improve your health.