We all have them, peculiar quirks that aren’t necessarily ‘bad habits’ and definitely can’t qualify as criminal acts. At the most, they’ll annoy your family and friends and that would be all. But what if we view these quirks with health lenses? Would you still want to indulge? Our bet is no.
Here are 7 such habits that can have an adverse effect on your health in the long run:
1. Nail biting
Eww… Not only can this damage your teeth and the skin around your nail bed, it can also lead to infection. You also may get more colds and other illnesses when you put your fingers, which often carry germs, into your mouth. One way to avoid this temptation is to keep your nails neatly trimmed or manicured. If stress or anxiety is behind your nail biting, you might want to manage it with activities like exercising or you could talk to your doctor.
2. Cheat Yourself on Sleep
Being an‘insomniac’ seems to be the rage these days, even from people who aren’t actually suffering from a sleep disorder. Sleep is not for the weak; if you don’t get enough sleep, you’re not just turning yourself into a daytime zombie. People who don’t get enough sleep are also more likely to have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. And it might be harder for you to learn and remember things. Set a regular sleep routine and stick with it. And do your best to get 7-8 hours a night.
3. Eat Too Quickly
Please, are you being pursued? If not, slow down. We get that you may have a lot to do but rushing your food can leave you less satisfied and make you more likely to over eat over the course of the day. If you slow down, you could feel fuller with less, because your body has a chance to realize you’ve eaten enough. Take small bites, and chew them well.
4. Blast Your Headphones
We know it’shard not to, especially with all the wavy music out there these days but you need to know what level of noise your ears can take. Sound is measured in decibels — normal conversation is about 60 decibels. It’s best to keep the volume in your headphones below 75 (about as loud as a vacuum cleaner) to be safe. And don’t listen for more than a couple of hours at a time because you’re more likely to lose hearing as you age if you’re around loud noise a lot.
5. Spend Too Much Time Alone
Sure, less people might mean less drama but it’s not how many people you know or how often you see them — what matters is that you feel connected to others. If you don’t connect and engage often you’re more likely to have high blood pressure,depression, brain issues like dementia and inflammation. If you feel alone, join a social club, reconnect with family or friends, or start something new that involves other people — join a book club or learn to play a new sport for example.
6. Using your phone in Bed
We mentioned cheating on sleep earlier and this is one major cause. The “blue light” given off by electronic gadgets like phones, computers, and TVs can mess up your sleep. Calm yourself before bed. If you want to read something, open up a book.Keep your bedroom dark and quiet for better sleep.
7. Sit for Long Periods
Most Nigerian workers spend too much time in chairs these days – you may hunker over your computer for hours then do the same in traffic and at home in front of the TV. This slows down your metabolism, which means you could gain weight. It’s also linked to other health problems, including heart disease. There’s an easy fix, though: Just get up now and then and move around. Even a 10-minute walk each day can help.