If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, or you know you need to fix your sleep habits, the solution may be simpler than you think. Specialists have found that the easiest way to get a better night’s sleep is to have a consistent schedule, especially when it comes to waking up. Picking a time to get up in the morning, as well as when to go to sleep, and sticking to it can do wonders for your health.
This may seem difficult if you have a busy schedule or have regular late nights out. This is why you have to pick a sleep schedule that works with your lifestyle, but that isn’t too irregular.
For instance, when picking out a regular wake-up time, take into account:
-Your work hours
-If you have kids, their schedules and school times
-Getting dressed/doing makeup/getting ready
-Anything else you want to accomplish in the morning
After taking all of that into consideration, as well as your typical nightly activities, pick out a sleep schedule that works best for you. The time you go to bed may vary, but one thing’s for sure- pick a wake up time and stick to it! Try to wake up at the same time- fairly early- every single morning. It can be hard at first, especially on those days that you just want to sleep in or stay home from work. But establishing a regular schedule can make it easier for you to sleep at night, and will put your body back into a healthy routine.
Partying late into the night and then sleeping until noon may seem harmless at the time, but falling into these kinds of habits can be damaging to your body. Only allowing yourself to sleep when your body is exhausted, and only waking up when you’re done wearing off the exhaustion can lead to negative effects. You want to sleep regularly and wake up early so that you have plenty of energy in the morning. Only sleeping when you’re exhausted can also make it difficult to meet deadlines and resist the temptation to snooze or skip work.
It’s better to stick to a fairly rigid schedule than to let the day’s activities or your current mood control your sleep. If you had a harder time falling asleep one night and chose to wake up a few hours later than normal, you’re prioritizing your desire for sleep in that moment over the overall routine. But by following your routine and sticking to regular wake-up times, your quality of sleep will improve anyway. Allow yourself to be in control of your own sleeping habits. Prioritize the long term effects of your sleeping habits, and don’t cater to what your body wants in just that single, tired moment.
Not everyone realizes they have a problematic sleep schedule. You may even think that sleeping in is good for you- but while everyone’s bodies are different, regular sleep habits are far better for you than irregular ones. If someone asks you when you get up in the morning and your answer changes every day, it may be time for a change.
With more energy in the morning and throughout the day, you can be more active in your daily schedule. You can exercise, go to work, take kids to school, and meet up with friends. By the time you go to bed, you’ll be tired enough to have a good night’s rest, with no tossing and turning. Then, your regular wake-up alarm will have you up and ready to start a new day.