Your body needs water for it to function, so it’s important to drink enough of it throughout the day. 8 cups a day is a recommended amount for adults. Some people like to drink water before bedtime, but is this healthy?

Drinking water too close to bedtime can cause you to wake up to urinate more often at night. This can disrupt your sleep.

Usually, we do not urinate as much at night when we sleep. But drinking water can change that and cause us to wake up multiple times a night to sleep. It is recommended that we get 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Sleep deprivation can negatively affect your health, increasing risk of stroke or heart attack.

So when should you drink water? Drink water throughout the day, but try not to drink water within 2 hours before bedtime, for it can cause increased nighttime urination. To determine if you’re dehydrated, look at the color of your urine. If it’s dark, then you may be dehydrated. If you’re hydrated, your urine will be light yellow to clear.

If you’re having a hard time falling asleep at night, you can trying drinking chamomile tea 2 hours before bedtime. It will help you relax and destress.

Celestial Seasonings, Tea, Sleepytime Extra, 20 ct