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Sleep Schedule

woman sleeping We have only a few weeks left before many of us return back to a normal work schedule, and the kids head off to school.

Summer, naturally being a time of relaxation, is often when we let things lag – in particular, our sleep schedule. When no one has to be up early the next day, staying up late to play games or watch a movie seems like no harm, no foul. We can sleep in the next day, right?

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However, shifting immediately from this flexibility back into regimented bedtimes and morning alarms can very difficult. We feel sluggish and not at our best. This can quickly spiral into poor choices along the way – that extra cup of coffee with more sugar to keep you going, or skipping your workout because you just don’t have the energy to go.

That’s why in these weeks leading up to the start of September, it’s a good idea to start sleep training. Basically, encouraging your body to get back into the habit of a regular rest schedule.
Start by implementing earlier bedtimes and mornings. Even if it’s just a half hour in the first few days, it will give your body a chance to get used to the change. As tempting as it is, resist the urge to sleep in. Get up at a set time, and stick to it.

Meanwhile, try to wean yourself off of the late-night activities. This includes watching television, or looking at your phone while in bed. Give your mind and body a real chance to decompress so that you’re able to fall asleep quicker and achieve a better night’s rest overall.

As our schedules gear back up again heading into autumn, it’s important to remember that our bodies need a full night of sleep to remain healthy.

That’s typically 7 hours for most adults and 10 for children.

Getting back into a sleep rhythm that works will help you prepare for the busy months ahead.

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