Napping too close to bedtime
B-D-S Piotr Marcinski/Shutterstock While napping is wonderful and can be healthy, doing it within six hours before you go to bed can sabotage your sleep. “There is data to suggest that the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep is directly related to the last time you were asleep,” warns Dr. Breus. “Napping too close to bedtime will lower your sleep drive, which is what helps you fall asleep.” Read the benefits of napping.
Not having a bedtime routine
You wouldn’t dream of trying to have your child go from running around frantically straight to bed—and the same should go for you, according to Dr. Teitelbaum. “When it comes to falling asleep, adults are really just big children,” he says. “Establish a calm and enjoyable bedtime routine that gives your body the cues that it is time to ease into sleep.” Next, find out 13 more things you never knew about sleep.