How Important is Water to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep?

Good Mornings with Sleep Well (S2 E7)

Just how important is hydration to getting a good nights sleep?  Do you need to drink several glasses of water before bed?

It’s super important.  From internal health to sleep health, water intake is extremely important.  This week’s episode covers everything “water.”  Watch the whole episode, your kidneys will thank you!!!


Gretchen and Javier Casillas started Sleep Well with the idea that sleep is super important, but potential customers were putting off buying a mattress because of the reputation our industry has. Quite frankly, furniture salespeople and mattress salespeople are too pushy and don’t care about knowing sleep but more about understanding the dollar.  The reputation is there, the statement “just like a used car salesman” is used often in this industry.  So, we decided to do something different. 

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Show Transcripts Below:

00:00                                     These little guys are so cute. He looks like he’s crying because he’s kind of water in his glasses. And look at Bob.

00:09                                     Look at his eyes. There are two different colors. I’m ready to start yet. Yes. Okay. Let me know when we’re ready. We’ve been ready. Oh, okay.

00:20                                     Good morning. Thank you for joining us here with good morning with sleep. Well, today we’re going to be covering dehydration. Living in the desert starts you off with the issues of being dry, but let me tell Ya, we have solutions just by drinking water, it improves your sleep, improves your health,

00:36                                     and makes you feel better. Thank you for joining this

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00:46                                     morning. I’m Javier and I’m Gretchen. This is good mornings with sleep. Well, and let me see what big things have happened recently. Well, Isa graduated. That’s true. That’s true. We spend our Saturday in Las cruises with my daughter’s graduation. She got her bachelors. Yay. Yeah, we were, we were proud, proud family that does Saturday. Definitely. And then let’s see you, she’s also already started her master’s program, so yeah, yeah, yeah. So she’s, she’s starting a Master’s program, which really gets expensive. So yeah. Gotta sell some more furniture. Let’s see what else we have. Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day was big on Sunday. She got, you got to relax all day. Yeah. Yeah.

01:32                                     Well this guy right here did a lot. He fixed breakfast, then he picks his dinner again and I got to play games with the kids.

01:40                                     So a lot of you guys follow us on Facebook and I know, and you’ve probably noticed that she puts recipes on Facebook. What? Every Wednesday, what day is your rescue? Friday. Every Friday she put the recipes on, on, on Facebook. And the reason she does not is not because she’s trying to share with you guys, but because she knows I’m paying attention to the page. And on Sunday when I cook, or Friday night when I Cook, uh, we cook, I cook bigger meals or whatever. So that way I have time to do it because I love cooking. So she prints up the recipes and next thing you know, I’m having to make what the strips can be. Some kind of green chili thing. Um, I dunno, there’s all kinds of stuff that she’s put on there. Uh, but my favorite to make his shrimp Scampi because I’m learning how to do that one, so that way I can start making my own version of that recipe and add green chili to it. Cause I really do think that green chilies Scampi is it think, just wait and see.

02:31                                     And by the way, for those who aren’t around here, and Green Chili is not a Jalapeno pepper. It’s an actual Chili. It’s a long chili and they have them read and they have them green and they are not helping you.

02:45                                     I’m glad that you explained that because we actually have some, uh, while we have a whole lot of air force people that come to Alamogordo and their first reaction is we didn’t know that, uh, Jalapenos good tastes like that. So we all, we have to explain to them that no, a green chilies actually totally different. So yeah. Yeah. Yeah. So with that, um, let’s see, our topic actually today is, um, dehydration and sleep. So a lot of people don’t know this, but the amount of water that you drink throughout the day

03:13                                     can affect your sleep.

03:15                                     And we’ve done some research lately on it and we’ve had some experiences with it. Um, I myself, uh, just last night because we went out to eat, but my daughter, she’s in town today and uh, we had dinner with her and I didn’t drink enough water and I actually might sleep kind of sucked last night. I don’t know what the deal was.

03:32                                     Yeah. Well I know when we were actively running a lot, sometimes I’m like, why would you get the muscle cramps in my legs too? Because your body just craves it. And I’ve also noticed if I wake up really early in the morning, I can’t just write off drink water and I don’t know why, but if I do, it makes me feel sick. Really? Yeah.

03:52                                     Oh Wow. See with me if I don’t drink. Okay. So I have, I have a water container. It’s a 40 ounce water container and I make sure I drink at least one and a half of those, which is 60 ounces of water. Well that to me is a lot of water. But uh, the recommendation for a male is what, like 96 ounces or something like that. It’s a lot, well it says here 120 425 pounds is that is a lot of water. So I have to drink three of those things in order to be properly hydrated.

04:21                                     And women were supposed to get 91 ounces a day,

04:24                                     91 ounces. So let’s see, break that down and cups. And a cup is eight ounces, so it goes into Sopot 12 glasses of water for a female.

04:33                                     And honestly, if I had ice in my cup, I can drink water all day because I love to crunch eyes when I drink water. So if it’s icy cold and I just chew that ace and drink that water, I have absolutely no problems at room temperature. Like you like room temperature, cold water. I can’t stand coal, our hot water at room temperature. But if I’ve just run or exercise and I’m panting really hard, I don’t like to have immediate ice cold water or like to have her in particular. And then work my way up.

05:01                                     That’s cool. Yeah. And that’s, that’s probably my thing is I drink a lot of water when I’m working out and I hate cold water but it was back to water and sleep. So what happens? Okay. So if you are, this is, especially if you’re a mouth breather, which uh, there’s another side topic on this. I’ll follow here in a little bit. So if you’re a mouth breather and while you’re asleep you lose almost twice as much of your um, water or the humidity in your body or the, the, the, the other water mass in your body. You lose twice as much as water during the night while you’re asleep, as if you were a nose breather, which that’s kind of Guam. I’m myself, I’m a nose breather. I forced myself to breathe through my nose even when my allergies are bugging me.

05:44                                     I’ve honestly never paid interest into myself. All on, I’m unconscious.

05:49                                     You don’t snore, don’t snore. So I think, I think you are a nose breather as well.

05:54                                     Okay. Yeah. That’s good to know. Yeah, I know when my allergies and asthma kick game cause I’m facing that right now. Um, I tend to breathe more with my mouth at times because my sinus is, well you haven’t picked up snoring, which is a good thing. Yeah. Yeah. Which we have adjustables anyway, so I would just bring your head up a little bit and probably get rid of it. He would get slugged or throw pillow, I don’t know which, whichever, whichever. So, okay. So we’ve covered Malcolm

06:21                                     breathing and nose breathing and losing more air. There are losing more water there. But did you know that sleep apnea, um, which, uh, sleep apnea, the symptoms of sleep apnea can be made worse with dehydration and the other way around as well. Sleep apnea can make dehydration worse. And that’s crazy to me because you think sleep apnea and you think it’s just breathing or whatnot, but evidently there’s some factors in there. The play with hydration.

06:49                                     Well, you think also people that were the c-pap pap machines, it’s continuous positive air pressure is CPAP. Right? Um, so it’s constantly blowing air to keep their throat opens so that they’re constantly breathing. Um, but it makes you wonder with it blowing that caused an air. I mean, it’d be like standing in front of the fan. So it’s gotta be drawing and I know a lot of them have attachments of humidifiers and stuff for that reason.

07:12                                     Do you know what you’re, yeah, you’re right. Because remember we have the, we had some customers in here that he was constantly talking about, um, how his nasal passages were always bleeding and uh, I think his wife was the one that suggested the humidifier on it. Yeah, you’re right.

07:26                                     You’re on fire or they also have the moisture drops that you [inaudible].

07:30                                     So one of the other things that, um, in our notes that we have here is, um, a lot of people think that downing a couple glasses of water before sleep is a good idea. And while it’s not a bad idea, what happens when you down too much water? Right before sleep, you’re actually looking at making some bathroom trips. So, so the thing here is to find that balance right before bed. I would say drink about 16 ounces of water right before bed just to make it through the night without having to wake up with a dry mouth or something. Um, I would say that more than 16 ounces is kind of crazy because you are inviting a bathroom trip.

08:10                                     Yeah. I’m one of those. I love to drink a big glass of water again. Ice Cold. Okay. It right before bed. Yes. You know, that’s actually, if you think about it, that’s actually a good thing because remember we’re, we’re trying to drop our body core temperature right before sleep, so that might explain why you’re out like a light. I think a lot of that is to just, I really love sleep. Yeah, she does. She really does. I do. Okay. So, um, let’s see, what else do we have on our notes? So, um,

08:39                                     okay. Another key thing, and I know we’ve covered this in to past episodes now, caffeine, you have to stop drinking caffeine six hours before sleep. Now, another thing that caffeine, and we only covered it from the sleep point of view, but what caffeine does is it dehydrates, you know, it actually pour, it pulls water out of your body and dehydrate to you. Have you have more p trips? There’s includes alcohol, well that’s alcohol as well. Yeah. That’s uh, that that dehydrates you as well. Yes. Right before that is not a good thing. Yep. So limit your intake of caffeine six hours before, limit your alcohol intake because what that does is it also dries you up as well. Um, and, and a couple of other things. Okay. So did you know, yeah. Here’s a, did you know facts? Did you know that a lack of water or dehydration can actually make you moody and, uh, make it hard for you to concentrate?

09:37                                     Oh, well, all I have to say is men don’t go crazy blaming your wives or your girlfriends or your significant others that are female that they need to drink more water because they’re moody. Cause that won’t go well. And this one had a moody day yesterday, so maybe that’s part of your dehydration. I think what I’m going to do is actually put a gallon of water on her desk every day. If it’s not cold and icy, it’s not going to work.

10:01                                     Okay. Anyways, so let’s see. Um, okay. Longterm dehydration can actually cause kidney stones has nothing to do with sleep, but did you know that longterm dehydration can cause kidney stones?

10:14                                     Yeah, you need to flush your kidneys and um, it’s really important that it’s with water. [inaudible] I know a lot of people will say, well there’s water and lemonade. There’s water and soda. There’s water in my tea. Well, yes, but no, you need to flesh it clean with water. Yup.

10:30                                     Yup. So just make sure that you’re, you’re hydrating with water throughout the day. [inaudible] okay. So I guess let’s wrap it up because those are really the notes on today because water is so important. We’re really, it covers everything. So we’re gonna, we’re gonna, we’re gonna just put it all together for you. Drink water throughout the day. Men, 120 ounces women around 90 ounces. Yes. That’s a lot of water guests. And it sounds like a lot of bathroom trips, but your overall longterm health depends on your hydration. Okay. So that’s, that’s two things. Number three, um, we can say that water helps you sleep, you don’t, being properly hydrated helps you sleep, which is another term for your longterm health. You know, another good thing for your longterm health, number four is that water will help your mood, help your concentration, helped you get through the day better. So there you have it, you have

11:23                                     it. But I have some more stuff to add to this. Oh good. What do you have? Okay, so one, I know sometimes I will get the snacks, the snack attack type thing, right in the middle of the day, the munchies kicking and stuff. And it’s actually a fooling system because our bodies are made of mostly water. And when it needs something, it lets you know it craves. Right. Um, so instead of going for the food, go for the water first because it may be a situation where you’re just thirsty. I’ve never had very, yeah. And that does happen where your, you can’t choose whether you’re hungry or you’re thirsty and you actually end up eating more. And that’s, that’s true. That does happen a lot, so. Yep. Yep. And I used to tell my kids all the time too, after you eat something, drink water again to push it down to your tummy. Because sometimes we think we’re still hungry and that food is still traveling to the stomach. And then by the time you feel full, you stop eating. But then all that food that hasn’t read your stomach is still hitting you and then you felt overly full and you actually faced that a lot. So, yeah. Yeah. Terrible. Yup. So with that, um, we thank you for watching today’s episode. I remember when you sleep well. You live well. Have a great day. Bye. Bye.

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