Health Tip: Avoid These 5 Pre-Bedtime Don'ts
(HealthDay News) -- Your habits just before you slip into bed could be sabotaging your night of sleep.
The National Sleep Foundation says do NOT:
Take any over-the-counter medications that contain pseudoephedrine, found in common cold medicines, which can keep you awake. Opt for a nighttime formula that may help you feel drowsy.
Text, watch TV or spend time on the computer shortly before bed.
Take a hot shower or bath just before bed. It's best to do so about an hour before you plan to sleep, as that gives your body temperature time to drop again.
Indulge in a greasy, fattening, salty bedtime snack, which can be stimulating and trigger nightmares.
Drink caffeine beyond the morning, as it can stay in your system for as long as 12 hours.
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