Getting a good night’s rest is about more than just going to bed early.

It’s also about arranging your evening so that it’s not stressful or stimulating in a way that can make it hard to fall and stay asleep.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up 10 common behaviors that can ruin your rest — plus what you can do instead.

1. Drink a Cup of Coffee


There are some varying effects of coffee on the body and actually some people can have the exact opposite effects (consuming caffeine makes you sleepy). For the vast majority of individuals, coffee is something that is likely to wake you up and prevent you from sleeping. When every sip of that coffee, just remember that your heart rate rises, arteries constrict, and your mind races at such a fast pace that you cannot relax. If you are looking for a good night of sleep, make the wise choice and refrain from that cup of coffee at dinner and if you are sensitive to caffeine, try to avoid consuming coffee much earlier in the day.