We all have a built in internal clock that dictates our circadian rhythm. It helps us fall asleep each night and wake up the next day. Once disrupted, its harder to fall asleep and wake up which makes us become groggy, irritated, and unpleasant.
Any change in sleep schedule will upset your circadian rhythm requiring it to be reset.
Since it takes three days to adjust to your new schedule, you want to start adjusting accordingly so you can feel your best. No one wants to feel like garbage the first three days of their vacation or a new job.
When starting your sleep schedule adjustment, make sure to use the sleep calculator to find your new bedtime based on the new wake time.
These sleep tips are good for:
"Americans do not sleep enough to adequately fuel their power-packed days," said Terry Cralle, registered nurse and certified clinical sleep educator. "We are all aware of the benefits of a good night's sleep, yet at the end of the day (literally), we aren't following proven sleep tips and making the necessary adjustments to improve our overall sleep health."
Cralle recommends proactively preparing for any sleep schedule change by making long-term lifestyle modifications that will help you adjust to new schedules. She offers the following eight tips to help adjust:
Changing your sleep schedule is always difficult but these 8 tips will ease the pain so you can get back to feeling your best as soon as possible.