Why is it important to maintain a sleep schedule? What are the benefits of sleep that is timed? Should one wake up and go to bed at the same time every night? Is going early to bed beneficial?
Today, we will be discussing all of these in our post. With the lockdown, all of us are struggling to adhere to our regular responsibilities and schedules. One of the daily activities that has been affected most is sleep. We don’t go to bed on time like we used to before because we need not wake up as early as before, right? While this might sound relaxing, this new change will over a short period of time, wreak havoc on our sleep quotas and qualities. To ensure you keep getting the regular 8 to 9 hours of sleep, it is necessary to maintain the regular sleep schedule, say experts.
The Science behind it
The short answer of why you need to maintain your sleep schedule is to maintain your body’s internal clock. Our circadian rhythm that decides when we sleep and when we wake up, gets disturbed by a number of factors, the most important one being an erratic sleep schedule. Consistency is key for your circadian rhythm. If you usually sleep at 10pm, then your brain is trained to release melatonin around this time, to help your body, your mind, and your senses to start feeling drowsy and sleepy, ensuring you are asleep soon. If you now decide to laze around with your phone or laptop or any other electronic device because you need not sleep at 10, then the brain postpones the secretion of melatonin, thus causing an abruption in your circadian rhythm.
Advantages of maintaining a regular sleep schedule
The benefits of having a regular sleep schedule include:
- Fewer naps
When you have slept well throughout the night, then you need not take naps to recover from the sleep debt, right? Naps are never as good as a good night’s sleep. To ensure you sleep well throughout the 21 days of lockdown without taking naps in the afternoon which only leave you feeling lethargic and irritated, maintain your regular sleep schedule.
- Less insomnia
This is linked to the previous point. If you sleep well throughout the night, you take fewer or no naps during the day, which means, you will start feeling sleepy at the same time that you do on regular days, thus averting the chances of insomnia.
- Lesser side effects of poor sleep
When we are sleep deprived, we tend to be irritated and in a dull mood. Our alertness is compromised and so is our short-term memory. To make sure you remain sharp, happy, healthy, and with a good immune system, stick to your regular sleep schedule.
That is all in today’s post. Let us know how you are sleeping through the lockdown and what sleep tips you have been following.