1 Thing You Can Do Today

Get up at the same time each day

Do you find getting up on Mondays the hardest? Do you often find yourself struggling to open your eyes in the morning?

If so, it might be time to consider the powerful benefits of going to bed and getting up at the same time each day.

The thought of losing your weekend sleep-in can at first seem horrifying, but soon you will discover how much better you feel every day when you stick to a routine.

Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule helps regulate your body’s internal clock, known as your circadian rhythm. This natural rhythm controls crucial functions like sleep, appetite, and body temperature. When you follow a consistent schedule, your body learns when to release sleep-inducing hormones and when to wake up feeling refreshed.

Psychology Today says sleeping on a consistent schedule is one of the healthiest and most important sleep habits you can have.

“Consistency helps us avoid piling up a sleep debt, and can offer protection against a range of health conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.”

It also affects your mental health. Irregular sleep is a risk factor for depression, according to Psychology Today.

Getting up at the same time every morning can also be an effective way to deal with social jetlag: the gap between your natural circadian rhythm and your actual real-life schedule. It is caused by late nights on weekends and early mornings during the week.