Do you ever feel like some traditions just do not make sense anymore? Take Daylight Saving Time (DST), for example… of which we'll have no choice here shortly.
A 2009 study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology showed that the average person loses 40 minutes of sleep on the Monday following the switch from Standard Time to DST. And, that loss of sleep is not without consequence.
Sense or nonsense, losing an hour of sleep is what we'll be doing anyway. So you might as well be ready for it. How? Proper hydration with Primo water, of course.
Per usual, water has a lot to do with the quality of your sleep.
YOUR SLEEP AND WATER
Sleep and hydration definitely have a strong influence on one another. In fact, the link between the two has come under increased scrutiny from researchers in the last several years. What is the connection? According to the Sleep Foundation:
Dehydration may create barriers to sleep, and insufficient sleep may increase the chances of being dehydrated. At the same time, too much fluid intake can cause excess urination that may lead to sleep interruptions.
Dehydration symptoms, like headaches, dry mouth and sinuses, or muscle cramps often act to prevent quality sleep. At the same time, lack of sleep could potentially contribute to dehydration. This study of nearly 20,000 American and Chinese adults found significantly higher rates of dehydration in the group sleeping six hours nightly, compared to the group sleeping the recommended eight hours.
Essentially, if you're dehydrated your sleep suffers. And then, the worse quality sleep you are now getting makes it more likely that you'll stay dehydrated. That's a bad cycle to get into.
How do you keep yourself out of it?
PROPER HYDRATION FOR BEST SLEEP
Drinking your recommended daily regimen of Primo water is an obvious start to maintaining a healthy sleep/hydration relationship. Some people like to drink a glass of water right before they go to bed. It might make sense, but this practice is not actually recommended by health experts.
Their main concern is nocturia, which is medical-speak for having to pee a lot at night. There are a number of things that can cause nocturia, and excessive fluid consumption is definitely one of them. So, fight the temptation to drink that glass of water on the nightstand. Better to leave it for the morning.
What should you be doing before bed instead? Our friends at the Sleep Foundation have a few suggestions specifically related to your bedtime routines. These include:
- Tapering off your water or fluid intake an hour or two before going to sleep
- Limiting caffeine and alcohol at night
- Keeping your legs elevated in the evening (this is somewhat weirdly related to need to urinate in the middle of the night)
- Peeing before going to bed (this is somewhat obvious)
The other thing you should do is focus on quality sleep. That means setting a comfortable bedroom temperature (not too hot), covering your windows to block out as much light as possible and keeping your electronic devices out of bed.
SLEEP GREAT LIVING THE PRIMO LIFESTYLE
If you want to maximize the quality of sleep, it's helpful to have access to great-tasting, purified water at your fingertips. That's where Primo comes in. Join the Primo Lifestyle by visiting www.primowater.com