Are You An Early Bird? The Importance of Sleep


Are you an early bird or a night owl? I am definitely a night owl. I refuse to get up before the 6 o’clock hour and I only do that because I have a work obligation. The problem with all of the above is that I stay up late, get up early, try to catch up on weekends and I also require at least 8 hours of sleep to be fully functioning. One of my current goals is to make an effort to go to bed earlier. I just can’t bring myself to go to sleep before 10 o’clock.

I am fortunate that I usually don’t have trouble sleeping, especially if I exercise (which is yoga for me) and get my diffuser going. But for others this isn’t the case. If you are not a good sleeper, try establishing a routine around bedtime. Stop using screens a few hours before bed (the blue light inhibits melatonin production). Take some melatonin if needed, try essential oils (they are great for relaxation), read a book or take a soak in the tub. All these things can help.

Sleep is so important because it can help reduce inflammation, improve your immune system, improve your mood, improve your heart health and may help prevent cancer. Sleep also reduces the risk of developing depression, reduces stress, may help you lose weight and helps your body heal itself. So if you are struggling with sleep, get a routine in place and get to snoozing. Now I’m going to take a nap. 

WellnessBryn Hamilton