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Water Before Bed: What You Should Know

by BetterSleep
Apr 13 • 4 min read

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about the amount of rest you get. There’s more that goes into your health, including the things you put into your body. Eating healthy foods and drinking the recommended amount of water will all contribute towards improving your overall health.

Drinking water is important for fighting and preventing dehydration. While there are different levels of dehydration, there are still possibilities of developing kidney stones, constipation, unclear thinking, and a negative mood change.

Water is also responsible for flushing the toxins out of your body. Getting enough water in your system will help regulate your body temperature and keeps you from overheating.

In the same way that there are certain times you should eat, consuming water should be done at certain times as well.

Should I Drink Water Before Bed?

Drinking water is important for maintaining functionality. During the day, you are constantly losing water when you talk, breathe, exercise, and have bowel movements. While drinking water throughout the day is important, drinking it right before bed could cause some problems.

Drinking water before bed could interrupt your sleep schedule because of the need to urinate. The best practice is to drink water during the day.

How Long Before Bed Should I Stop Drinking Water?

It isn’t a bad thing to drink water at night. There’s no health or scientific advice that says people should avoid drinking water once it’s dark outside. When drinking water, it depends solely on the time you go to bed.

It is suggested that you avoid drinking water at least 2 hours before bedtime. You don’t want to have your sleep cycle ruined because your full bladder is waking you up in the middle of the night.

Many people will have a hard time getting proper sleep once they wake up to use the bathroom. As you sleep, hours are passing by, and the first time that you wake up to use the bathroom probably won’t be the last.

Benefits of Drinking Water Before Bed

As long as the timing is right, there are some benefits of drinking water before going to bed.

Improve your morning mood.

Studies show that dehydration can lead to bad moods. Drinking water before bed decreases the dehydration that you may experience while sleeping and help you wake up feeling more refreshed.

Helps clean the body.

Drinking water flushes toxins out of your body and helps resolve things like stomach aches. Your water intake also helps improve your blood circulation so that cells can easily repair themselves.

Controls your body temperature.

Some people wake up in the middle of the night in a sweat. Others can experience extreme chills. This is because your body may be dehydrated. Drinking water before bed can help your body keep a normal temperature while you’re sleeping.

Always take care of your body during the day so it can take care of you while you rest. The BetterSleep app has hundreds of practices that you can include in your daily routine to help you get perfect sleep.

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