Why It’s Important to Stay Hydrated Before Bedtime
Staying hydrated is very important to a person’s health. Dr. Kathleen Jade details how water plays a vital role in most bodily functions, from acting as a “building block,” serving as “solvent for chemical reactions,” and assisting in the transport of nutrients and waste. Ensuring that you get the right amount of water can improve physical performance, facilitate weight loss, boost one’s mood and brainpower, and prevent headaches.
Unfortunately, you lose copious amounts of water during the day, and if you are not careful or mindful, there is a good chance that you will go to bed dehydrated. This is not conductive for quickly falling asleep. Dehydration can make it difficult to fall asleep, as it slows down the production of melatonin, a naturally occurring chemical that helps people fall and stay asleep. Lack of water can also cause severe headaches and agitation.
Regularly falling asleep while dehydrated can lead to a host of medical issues. It can, for instance, adversely affect your memory, stress levels, attention to detail, physical and cognitive performance, and mood. Hydration is particularly important for pregnant women, as we explained in ‘5 Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking Water for You and Your Baby’. Water, of course, plays a crucial role in the formation of the amniotic sac and in supporting the increase in blood plasma volume. It is also the healthiest and most effective way to stay hydrated.
The Institute of Medicine recommends 3 liters for men and 2 liters for women during the day. If you happen to be a workout warrior, you may even try out our non-water hydration solutions, which include watermelons (a perfect workout treat as it provides just the right sprinkling of sugar and is low on calories), tomato juice (lots of lycopene to fight off inflammation), strawberries (vitamin C overload!), hibiscus tea (low-calorie beverage just to mix things up), and cucumber (healthy fruit made up of 96% water).
If you want, you can even opt to monitor your hydration, by using the Ozmo Connect IQ App. This app allows you to easily view your hydration goal and progress using a compatible Garmin device. This app is particularly useful for people who may not recognize the symptoms of dehydration. This is why many often drink water only when they feel thirsty, but by then the body is already dehydrated.
One of main reasons that people get dehydrated at night is alcohol. Leesa’s ‘Better Sleep Guide’ article states that while alcohol may help you initially sleep, you will soon wake up. The guide recommends not drinking any alcoholic beverage (or any caffeinated drink for that matter) “within four hours of bedtime”. Aside from disrupting sleep, alcohol is a known diuretic, which means you will be urinating more often than normal. This will leave you even more dehydrated as you struggle to get some quality shut-eye.