Whether you feel fatigued regularly, suffer from anxiety, or have high stress levels, your doctor has probably explained the benefits of consistent sleep patterns. It can improve your mood, your brain function, and your metabolic process.
Getting better sleep is not always as easy. If you want to receive the benefits of consistent sleep patterns, then use this one simple routine.
Using this easy to follow tip, you can begin sleeping better each night and take advantage of the benefits provided. So, how do you get better sleep? Simple, go to bed at the same time every night.
Studying the Effects of Changing Sleep Schedules
A study from researchers at Washington State University found that the timing of your sleep can be just as crucial as the amount of sleep that you get. The study looked at the effects of changing the sleep cycle of mice. When the sleep cycle was changed from their usual time, the mice still received the same amount of sleep, but they did not get quality sleep.
In addition to poorer sleep, the mice also had a weakened immune system. Researchers speculate that if this condition was to continue, there could be major health consequences.
The Circadian Process
The circadian process is an internal clock that is in control of the rhythm of a variety of biological processes. The circadian process is found in most organisms that have a life span greater than 24 hours. Since humans share this cycle with other animals, the results of this study could easily be applied to humans.
How to Get Better Sleep
The first step to getting better sleep is to go to bed at the same time every night. What time should you go to sleep? This will depend on your work and daily schedule. Your goal should be to get at least 7 hours of sleep – so plan accordingly.
If you need an hour to get ready in the morning, try going to bed 9 hours before you need to leave for work and set your alarm for 8 hours after your bedtime.
By giving yourself 8 hours, even if it takes you a short period of time to fall asleep, you should still be able to get at least 7 hours of sleep. If you continue going to bed at the same time every night, you should have fewer problems falling asleep.
Within a week, or less, you should notice the difference that going to bed at the same time every night can have on your body. You should have a less disruptive sleep, awake more refreshed, and find it easier to fall asleep.
This simple routine will drastically affect your sleep schedule. All you need to do is set a bedtime and stick to it. If your children can have a bedtime, so should you.
If you want to enjoy the benefits of consistent sleep patterns, then give yourself a bedtime and make sure that you turn out the lights at the same time each night.
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