Many of us have a habit of holding a glass of water next to the bed, perhaps on the bedside table or a nearby table. Whether it happens regularly or sporadically, sooner or later we all do, and water can be a great relief at nightwhatever the reason for our thirst or need to drink.
This need arises, let’s admit it, also from a pinch of laziness, so as not to have to get up (perhaps in the cold in winter or at the risk of waking someone) to go to the kitchen to drink. And although water is always good for you, this habit is not optimal, because of the glass, which can even become dangerous. From the germs to which the water is exposed, to the risk of breaking its container, we find out why not to do this action and what are the alternative solutions.
A glass of water on the bedside table, a widespread habit
Having to drink in the middle of the night has happened to everyone, and often we don’t do it in order not to get up. But the most provident leave a full glass on the bedside table, always ready to use. The reasons can be the most varied: we are burnt from the heat, or from having eaten spicy, digestive problems, dry throat, cold or toothache. In any case, a good sip of water is always optimal, also to reconcile sleep.
Laziness, fatigue, cold or even the fear of waking others play a major role in this habit, which is widespread all over the world. Yet, if reaching the water may seem like a titanic undertaking, and the refrigerator an unattainable goal, even leaving that glass for many hours on the bedside table has its drawbacks, and even its risks. Bacteria, insects, inattention, consequences on our body and the rhythm of sleep, that’s why we shouldn’t repeat this apparently so genuine habit.
How the water changes by remaining in the air for many hours
Drinking water is always recommended, and an option strongly supported by dieticians and nutritionists, so the problem is not drinking in the middle of the night, even if this action must be done wisely. Leaving the glass uncovered the water inside can undergo unpleasant or healthy variations.
In fact, its exposure to the air for so many hours can cause l’incidimento of the ph, resulting in a change in its flavor, as well as the development of an opalescent patina on the surface. Not only that, water as you know, also absorbs carbon dioxide from the environment in which it is located, which then turns into carbonic acid. In short, it is no longer drinkable, but we often don’t know it and we do it anyway.
Dust, microbes and insects
We must not underestimate that, like anything else exposed for many hours to the air, even water can capture dust, which is deposited in the glass. The same goes for microbes, germs and even insectsespecially on hot summer nights, when it is more common to keep a glass of water at hand.
Really unpleasant surprises, as well as unhealthy. Flies, mosquitoes and midges can drink the water or even fall into it. Even worse if this drink takes place the following morning: the germs will have multiplied, throw it away and take it again, fresher and cleaner. We never underestimate this probability, the most risky.
Overturn a glass
At night our concentration is certainly not high, especially if we have the habit of doing everything in the dark, which is already wrong for many reasons. In grabbing the glass it could fall into it or, forgetting his presence on the bedside table, we could overthrow itmaybe on our cell phone or the book we were reading before falling asleep.
They are trivial but very common accidents, so they can happen to everyone, but if the water can dry easily (not exactly pleasant action, perhaps at 4 in the morning), our smartphone could be damaged forever. Finally, if we use a glass beaker, this it could break, and its splinters become dangerous for us and our loved ones or our pets.
Not to mention lamps, chargers, and all kinds of electric wires: dropping water on them would really put your life and safety at risk with a short circuit or, worse, a fire.
Tips for keeping water next to the bed
All the advice we have given you is for your health, but drinking is also necessary, and therefore there are various solutions that you can use. First of all hold one bottle with cap next to the bed: whether it is the traditional plastic bottle or the steel bottle, the important thing is that it is tightly closed. The bottle also allows the water to always remain fresh.
If, on the other hand, you don’t want to give up the glass, choose one anyway one with the lid: there are many on the market (even very tasty), even with a straw. In this way you will limit the damage and your water will be healthy and free of contamination, as if it had just come out of the tap or bottle.
It is not recommended to put a paper napkin on the glass this will tend to get wet and maybe go down slowly towards the water.
When to drink water before bed/h2>
Expert advice is from drink water within two hours before bed, but without exceeding: if hydration favors the sleep cycle and the elimination of toxins, doing it in large quantities gives us the opposite result. It would be optimal drink enough during the day so that we do not need fluids during the night: these could spoil our rest, and could excessively stimulate our bladder, an unpleasant inconvenience during the night hours.
There is no maximum and minimum amount of water to take, it depends on various factors that vary in each of us, but it is usually better to drink no more than a glass before going to bed. Drinking before rest, finally, hydrates the body from the fluids lost during the day.
Because drinking before bed benefits the kidneys
Drinking before bed, as we have seen, has various positive implications for our body, and one is really important: can help kidney function. This is because the kidneys work better at night, when we are lying down, and by arriving dehydrated at the end of the day, they can become more fatigued in doing their job. The right amount of water sets the functions of the kidneys in motion properly.