Having a consistent sleep schedule, even on the weekends, helps to maintain the timing of your internal clock. As dusk falls, your body releases melatonin to start the natural process of falling asleep. When light streams through your windows in the morning, your brain knows it’s time to wake up. Your sleep cycle is closely linked to light in your environment, so your internal clock helps you naturally feel more awake during daylight hours and more tired at night. Having a consistent sleep schedule not only makes you feel better on a daily basis, but it has a number of health benefits.
Benefits of Sleep:
- Reduce stress and improve your mood.
- Get sick less often.
- Lower your risk for serious health problems, like diabetes and heart disease.
- Think more clearly and do better in school and at work.
- Stay at a healthy weight.
Daily Habits to Help You Sleep Better:
- Plan your physical activity for earlier in the day, not right before you go to bed.
- Don’t eat a big meal close to bedtime.
- Try to spend some time outdoors every day.
- Quit smoking. The nicotine in cigarettes can make it harder for you to sleep.
- Stay away from caffeine (including coffee, tea, and soda) late in the day.
- If you have trouble sleeping at night, limit daytime naps to 20 minutes or less.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
Nighttime Habits to Help You Sleep Better:
- Avoid using computers or smart phones, watching TV, or playing video games at bedtime.
- Make sure your bedroom is dark. If there are streetlights near your window, try putting up light-blocking curtains.
- Keep your bedroom quiet.
- Go to bed at the same time every night.
- Get the same amount of sleep each night.
- Avoid eating, talking on the phone, or reading in bed.
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Sweet dreams and just bloom!