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Most of us have gone through a few restless nights where we can’t sleep very well, some of us more than others, but usually, we can peg it to an evening cup of coffee or possibly a stressful life circumstance. Of course, sometimes we’re just nose deep in a book till 2 am, or binge-watching the latest season of our favorite TV show. But what about those nights where you did everything right? You got to bed on time, no caffeine after 10 am, etc., and you still can’t seem to get to sleep or stay asleep. Here are a few factors you might not be thinking of, so make sure you’re not accidentally causing yourself a poor night’s sleep!

8. Your Toothpaste Is Too Minty

Some studies show that people who smelled peppermint oil were much less drowsy, even in the dark than those who hadn’t smelled peppermint. If your toothpaste has peppermint scent, it may be subconsciously invigorating your mind and waking you up. No, this isn’t an excuse to skip out on brushing your teeth before bed, but maybe consider brushing your teeth closer to when you’re done eating, and not right before bedtime. You could also switch to a less minty toothpaste.

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