Bad Sleep Habits: How To Avoid And Overcome Them

by Doc Orman, M.D.

Bad Sleep HabitsIn my first post this week, we looked at how being under stress can negatively impact your sleep.  Then, in my second post, we looked at how not sleeping well (for any reason) can aggravate or worsen your physical and/or psychological symptoms of stress.

 

Bad Sleep Habits

Today, I want to share some information with you about bad sleep habits.

In case you’ve never heard of this issue before, bad sleep habits are extremely common.  When you suddenly find that you are not sleeping well, you naturally  want to take actions to remedy this problem, as quickly as possible.  After all, nobody likes feeling tired, exhausted, irritable or otherwise out of sorts as a direct result of being deprived of sleep.

So you try to do things that might help you get to sleep more easily.  Unfortunately, some of the things you might try not only won’t work, but they may make your sleep problem even worse.  If tried often enough, these behaviors can become habitual and can cause your sleep problems to last much longer than they should.

Examples Of Bad Sleep Habits

I won’t be able to cover most of the individual habits/behaviors that can make your sleeping problems worse in this short blog post.  However, you can read about them (and how to correct them) in my book Sleep Well Again, which I am making available to all readers of this blog at a special discounted price this week.

Here are a couple of illustrative examples of bad sleep habits:

  • If you get into bed and are having trouble falling asleep, don’t stay in your bed for an extended period of time, hoping you will eventually succeed. Get out of bed and do something else or try to sleep somewhere else.  You don’t want to train your body to have negative associations with your bed and with the act of going to sleep. 
  • Don’t try to actively will yourself to sleep.  This usually doesn’t work, and it ends up making you feel frustrated, angry, and anxious about falling asleep the next night.
  • Don’t indulge in “overthinking” or “over worrying” about your problems in life once you get into bed.  If you want to think about or worry about your problems, force yourself to get out of bed and go somewhere else to do this. Only return to your bed when you are finished thinking and worrying.

Anxiety Is Not Good For Your Sleep

These are just a few of the bad sleep habits than can cause you to have difficulty returning to a normal sleep routine.  One thing many bad sleep habits have in common is that they frequently arise from heightened levels of anxiety about not being able to get to sleep.

Anxiety about anything can make it more difficult for you to get to sleep.  This is because when you are anxious, your body is in a state of hyper-stimulation, which is the opposite of what your body need for you to naturally drift off to sleep.

Being anxious about whether or not you are going to be able to sleep is also going to work against you, just like any other type of anxiety.  And the more you struggle to get to sleep and fail, the more likely your anxiety levels will rise, which will just make your nightly goal much more difficult to reach.

Sleep Well Again

If you want to learn more about how to prevent or avoid very common types of sleep problems, including how to recognize and overcome common bad sleep habits, I recommend that you download the digital (PDF) version of my book Sleep Well Again, and read it completely.  This book is short, easy to read, and it will give you an excellent orientation to many important sleep principles and coping strategies.

Just click here to get your own copy right now.  Instead of paying the normal price of $9.95 for the digital downloadable version, you can get it this week for only $4.95  Just enter the special coupon code “5-OFF” at checkout and your discount will be applied.  Remember, you only have until midnight Sunday night  to act.  So go get your copy right now.

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