You aim to clock up eight hours, skip the second coffee and make sure your bedroom resembles a plush sleep zone, so why are you still so damn tired?
Well, it could be that your timing is off. While many of us focus on getting enough sleep, keeping a consistent routine is just as important, says sleep expert and author of “The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep,” Dr. Carmel Harrington.
“Most people don’t know that the time you get up in the morning affects the time you will be able to fall asleep that night. When we see bright light in the morning our brain switches off the production of melatonin and it’s this off-switching that actually sets up our 24-hour body clock.”
And when your schedule is all over the place, it, in turn, throws out your circadian rhythm, which can have pretty significant side effects.
“Without resetting your biological clock at a regular morning time (i.e. when you wake up) it’s not only your sleep that will suffer but also all of our other biological rhythms like when you feel hungry, when you need to go to the toilet and when your brain hits its peak thinking times,” Harrington explains.