Busy schedules and lack of sleep go hand in hand—after all, when you’ve got a long to-do list, it’s tempting to work into the wee hours to try to get ahead of the curve. However, it turns out that shortening your sleep schedule night after night is a bad idea. If you want to be sharp and productive, you’re far better off going to bed early and making sure you get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Experts recommend scheduling sleep the way you would any other vitally important activity, because striving for a consistent, early bedtime is critical for deriving the most benefits. Here’s why:
You’ll be healthier in mind and body: A myriad of studies have connected getting enough sleep to better memory and problem solving, improved mood, stronger immune function, stable weight, and more. When you’re rested, you can be more productive and focused in your daytime hours, rather than dragging through tasks wearily. You’ll also feel better physically, which will help you have the energy you need to tackle your goals.
A consistent sleep schedule helps you sleep better: When your bedtime is all over the map, late one night and early the next, you may find that you’re tossing and turning, unable to fall asleep even when you feel exhausted. This is because your body’s internal clock follows a rhythm that adjusts slowly and responds best to routine. Keeping your bedtime and waking time consistent throughout the week trains your body as to when you should be sleeping and when you should be awake, making it more likely that you’ll drop off when you’re supposed to.
Early bedtime improves your mornings: Many of us have to get up early, whether we want to or not, due to commute times, our children’s school schedules, or other obligations. Going to bed earlier makes it easier to get up at the right time, because you’re less likely to hit the snooze button for a few more moments of rest when you’ve already gotten a satisfying amount of sleep. You’ll also have a better quality morning, because higher energy levels will help you get more done in the early hours, rather than lingering over your cup of coffee trying to pry your eyelids open.
Of course, to get the greatest benefit out of an earlier sleep schedule, you have to set the stage for a successful night’s sleep. This means adopting good sleep hygiene practices such as not working out immediately before bedtime, limiting caffeine and other stimulants in the later part of the day, and getting off of electronics an hour or two before bedtime. You also need to be sure that your bedroom is set up to promote sleep, eliminating stray light that can make it hard to get and stay asleep and making sure your bed provides the proper support so you can rest comfortably.
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