Do you frequently feel sluggish and irritated for no good reason when you wake up in the morning, instead of feeling rested and refreshed?
Often, we blame our inability to get a good night’s sleep on late-night technology use, work stress, or on our next door neighbour’s dog who won’t stop barking. But did you know that not drinking enough water, and not drinking it at the right time throughout the day, could actually be what’s robbing you of quality shut-eye?
Many people realize that their level of hydration can affect the way they feel and function throughout the day. A lack of fluids can make you sluggish, irritable, and off your game. But hydration also plays a critical role in how well (or not) you sleep at night. Understanding the impact of your daily fluid intake on your night time slumber will go a long way to improving the quality of your sleep.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, “going to bed even mildly dehydrated can disrupt your sleep” and even cause snoring and hoarseness in the morning. Luckily, experts have identified an optimal hydration schedule that you can follow to ensure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day so that you can sleep like a baby when the time comes. Here are the guidelines you need to follow to maintain a near-perfect level of hydration throughout the day.
If possible, wait two to three hours after you wake up to drink your coffee.
Eat plenty of foods with a high water content.
Avoid drinking caffeine for a period of 6 hours before going to bed.
Drink one glass of water right before bed.