Did you know that your hydration level can affect how well you sleep? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
According to the Sleep Foundation, being even just slightly dehydrated can disrupt your sleep. It’s also a bit of a nasty cycle, because new research suggests that lacking sleep can actually make you more prone to dehydration!
What are the side effects of dehydration?
Well for starters going to be dehydrated causes your mouth and inside your nose to become dry – this equals snoring overnight and a scratchy throat in the morning.
It’s not just causing problems overnight either! Going to bed dehydrated can even affect your energy and brain function throughout the next day.
But wait, why do I need to hydrate before bed?
You might not realise but we actually lose fluids overnight just through breathing! (especially if you’re a snorer) It’s also worse if your bedroom is too hot (we talk more about what happens when things heat up in the bedroom here)
Caffeine, exercise and alcohol, especially later in the day, can all contribute to dehydration overnight. So no, you can’t count your 3pm triple shot latte as your hydration hit.
Okay, I get it, I’ll drink up before bed
Well nooo... smashing through a bottle of water just before bed won’t help as you’ll just end up making multiple midnight loo trips! (and trust us you won’t want to get out of bed when you’ve got a comfy Zeek mattress!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Your best bet for a better night’s sleep is to keep your water intake spread regularly throughout the day before bed (sleeping on one of our clever Zeek mattresses is a big help too!) Aim to match any alcoholic drinks with a glass of water and rehydrate after exercise.
What about in the morning?
Since you’re losing fluid overnight it’s important to rehydrate in the morning too. If you can Sleep Doctor recommends waiting 90 minutes before your first caffeine hit of the day, and aim to have at least two glasses of water first.