Your ultimate Sleep
challenge tip 3

Yes! Nice work so far! You’re getting good sleep already! We really hope that it’s been our first two tips that have started to improve your sleep.

This next challenge might be a little bit difficult for some.

Sleep challenge tip 3:

No night cap's and go easy on the coffee!

When it comes to drinks, caffeine and alcohol are two biggest sleep stealers.

Drinking coffee or alcohol within 4 hours of bedtime may interfere with your sleep.

For this tip we want you to switch from regular coffee to decaf after 2pm – or simply avoid coffee altogether. Ditto for any caffeine-containing soft drinks or energy drinks (guarana drinks also contain caffeine).

And if you like to have a “night-cap” instead to help you sleep, you will be surprised to learn that alcohol does the complete opposite. It may feel in the short term that it is making you feel drowsy, but alcohol actually interferes with the sleep cycle as our body processes the substance. Alcohol can suppress rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is thought to be restorative and when dreaming occurs. REM sleep is also key to the maintenance of long term memory, so the alcohol can not only impact the quality of your sleep, but it can also have long-term repercussions on wellbeing! Avoid alcohol at least 4 hours prior to bedtime.

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