5 Daytime Habits to Break for a Better Night’s Sleep

By Kaitlin Vogel
July 26, 2022

When it comes to getting quality sleep, many of us focus on nighttime rituals: meditation, setting up a sleep schedule, taking a bath, or bringing our minds and bodies into a relaxed state.

But we may fail to pay attention to our daytime habits, which—surprise!—could be preventing us from getting a good night's sleep. While it’s well known that drinking caffeine too late in the day can keep you up at night, there are some other slumber saboteurs that may astonish you. Here are a few ways you may be unknowingly undermining your sleep—and what you should do instead.

1. Staying Sedentary

To sleep better at night, you’ll want to build up what experts call sleep pressure, or what most of us just refer to as sleepiness. That pressure starts to build the longer you stay awake, and, research suggests, adding light-to-medium-intensity activities can increase it even further, leading to that can't-wait-to-get-to-bed feeling at night.