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12 Things You Should Never Do Before Bed

Having trouble getting to sleep at night? Chances are you’re doing something that’s preventing you from getting a full night’s rest just before you “hit the hay.” That’s a major problem. Many studies, including this research published by the Huffington Post, have shown that sleep deprivation can result in obesity while increasing one’s risk of stroke, cancer, diabetes, and even heart disease.

That’s why it’s important to avoid doing these twelve things that can keep you from getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night…

1. Checking Your Smartphone, Tablet, Computer or E-Reader

Many people struggle to put their smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices away for the night. And with friends, family, and co-workers constantly sending us emails, text messages, and social media posts, it’s easy to see why that can be difficult. But it’s important to stow these devices away at least one hour before bedtime.

Why? Because studies from the UCLA School of Medicine show that the bright light emitted by these devices is very similar to sunlight. In effect, this convinces our brain that it’s still daytime, thereby preventing the production of melatonin and keeping our minds going. That makes it very difficult for us to get to sleep.

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