Your body’s circadian rhythm is what tells you when to sleep and when to wake up. When this rhythm becomes upset, your overall health is impacted.
Overnight workers and truck drivers often have trouble sticking to a consistent sleep schedule due to the nature of their work. If you travel to different time zones for work or for vacation, this can also confuse your body’s natural rhythm.
Consistent, healthy sleep habits are vital to us all. It’s not just a matter of feeling fatigued from lack of sleep. Poor sleep will impact your mood, concentration, weight, and even immune system.
If you find yourself looking for a way to fix your inconsistent sleep schedule, try the following tips:
- Create an ideal sleep space. Dark, no screens, a comfortable temperature, and minimal noise (unless ambient noise helps you drown out the outside world). If you look forward to the relaxation your bedroom provides, it’ll make it easier to stick to healthy habits.
- Avoid naps, they’ll just make the problem worse. The best way to feel tired enough to get a full night’s rest at an appropriate hour is to keep yourself awake and active during the day. Exercise is a good way to wake your body up without relying on caffeine. However, don’t exercise too close to the evening. This may end up keeping you alert and awake too long.
- Even small adjustments are a step in the right direction. Adjusting your bedtime routine as little as 15 minutes earlier each night can have a positive impact on the way your body handles the transition to an earlier bedtime.
- When you find a healthy bedtime that works for your schedule it’s imperative that you stick to it. Even one night of succumbing to bad habits could get your body out of the routine you have established.
- If you’ve tried these suggestions and are still feeling groggy throughout the day, it may be time for a simple sleep screening to see if you are suffering from a sleep disorder.
SleepMaster Solutions™ can help you test for sleep disorders from the comfort of your own home. You can take advantage of our free sleep screening by answering a few quick questions. Then health experts will let you know if you may be at risk of a sleep disorder. If you are, we can walk you through taking a home sleep test to find out for sure. You don’t have to live with constant fatigue. Do something good for yourself today.