Changing When You Wake Up..

Unable to sleep? This may be why.

Sleep is important to us, it allows our body to rest, regenerate and bring us energy the next day. Many people are unable to sleep, and this is probably due to the fact that they have a bad sleep cycle. Your sleep cycle is like your bodies natural alarm clock. It lets your mind and body know when to wake up and when to start feeling tired at night. Usually, this is based on whether it's dark outside or light in the morning, and how tired you're feeling.

The problem comes when people stay up really late, or force themselves to stay up too late, and do this more than once in a row, because this pushes your system into overdrive. It changes your sleep cycle, meaning you'll lay in later and later each day.

You have to do something about it.

Changing Your Sleep Pattern.

The best way to change your sleep cycle, and start getting up earlier in the mornings is to get up at one time every day. Pick a time, and get up at that time every single morning. This includes weekends, every day should be the same. Pick a time that suits you and goes nicely with your work hours etc, to allow yourself enough time to get ready for the day ahead. A good time to start with is about 8 in the morning. Set your alarm clock, and make sure that whatever happens, however tired and rough you feel, you get out of your bed at that time. Every day, for a week. Don't miss a day, or it will not work.

How does it work?

You are basically resetting your bodies natural alarm clock here, and for the first day or two, it will be a shock to the system. You'll find yourself lacking energy and feeling really rough, specially if you've been laying in for a while. You must remember though, that after a few days of this, you'll fall into a rhythm, and your body will get used to waking up at this time.

By changing your sleep pattern, and waking up at the same time every day, you can begin to wake up feeling more and more refreshed. There are many benefits to doing this, but the main one is that you'll actually be able to sleep at night. You'll find it much much easier to fall asleep, because you're basically telling your body;

'Go to sleep if you want to get enough rest, because I'm making you get up at 8 tomorrow morning'. That's the message you're telling your body, and it responds. Your body knows that you need rest to function properly, so by sending it that message, it reacts by making you feel more tired at night, allowing you to get the amount of sleep needed.

This is probably the easiest way to change your sleep cycle, because it gives almost instant results, just remember to stick at it through the first few days, it won't be easy if you're used to late nights and late awakenings!