Not applying sunscreen everywhere
You know about the importance of sunblock to protect against the sun’s harmful rays – but it’s tempting to do a quick job putting it on, missing certain areas. “The most worrisome spots to remain covered are the face and trunk – as well as the hands and feet,” Dr South-Paul says, which includes in between your toes and your nail beds. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the ears are the third most common location to get skin cancer, so make sure you slather sunscreen there. Other missed locations are the scalp (even if you have hair), eyelids, lips, neck and armpits. Plus, you need to reapply, which is easy to neglect when you’re having fun in the sun. “Where most folks get in trouble is forgetting they need to reapply the sunblock every time they get out of the water when swimming,” Dr South-Paul says. “But your skin never forgets the sun rays it absorbs, so protection is always needed.”
Having an erratic sleep schedule
Getting good and consistent sleep is crucial for our body’s overall functioning, but the temptation to stay up late or indulge in other bad sleep habits can take their toll. “What is problematic are those who have erratic bedtimes, watching TV and dozing off on an irregular schedule, using things like alcohol and caffeine to relax or alert you, or exercising too vigorously within an hour of bedtime,” Dr South-Paul says. These behaviours are likely to disrupt sleep patterns, she says. What about hitting the snooze button? If you’re a serial snoozer and hit the alarm multiple times, you’re cutting down on good, constant sleep – plus, if you’re not ready to get up, it probably means you didn’t get enough sleep. According to some sleep experts, hitting snooze can set you into a new sleep cycle that you won’t have time to finish, leaving you in a state of sleep inertia that may cause you to be groggy throughout the day.
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