Everybody has been in a situation like this before: It’s the night before a big meeting or game and you want to do everything you can to prepare the right way. Maybe this involves a filling dinner and a relaxing night at home, but when you put your head to the pillow, you find that you can’t get a wink of sleep before your big day no matter how hard you try.
Is it nerves that keep you up, or is something else going on that won’t let you drift off to sleep? While you may focus on your nutritional needs in the morning, how you fuel your body in the evening is actually just as important if you want to establish a regular and satisfying sleep schedule.
Whether you’re a night owl or you spring up from bed at the crack of dawn, everybody needs sleep. But if you have a family, a high-stress job or even hobbies that you can only do after all your other obligations, making sure you get enough sleep every night can seem like an afterthought – that is, until you wake up the next morning mentally groggy, physically sore and who knows what else.
Sleep is an essential part of health living, and when you start to skimp on an hour of rest this night and two hours the next, you may be seriously damaging your cell health in the process. In fact, once you learn all the ways your body suffers when you burn the candle at both ends, you might be in bed at the same time every night. Check out these three ways your body is negatively affected by burning the midnight oil.