Starting and Sticking to a Sleep Routine (and Why it’s Important)

Everyone knows that a good night’s rest is essential for physical and mental health and well-being. Many people, however, go to bed at night and lie awake tossing and turning, unable to go to sleep for hours on end. The result is waking up the next morning feeling groggy and hitting the snooze button to postpone the inevitable just to spend a few more minutes in bed.

Both sleeping in too long or waking up earlier than you would like make the situation even worse. Failure to sleep well affects your mood, interactions with other people and on-the-job productivity throughout the day. This is particularly true for older teenagers and some young adults, who tend to stay up late but need to wake up early for work, school or other commitments. This combination over time can result in serious cases of insomnia. Chances are, your inability to sleep is due to a poor sleeping schedule. It is, however, possible, to reset your body’s clock for a happier, healthier and more rewarding life.

Creating a Sleep Routine that Works

Although it’s a problem for many people, regularly getting a good night’s sleep doesn’t necessarily need to be difficult. What’s required is a sleep schedule that lets you fall asleep at the same time each night, sleep soundly and get up on time feeling rested and ready to go. All that’s needed to develop and maintain that schedule is some time spent experimenting with different sleeping and waking times, along with self-discipline and determination.

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