Sleep is one of the most important things in everyday life. It heavily contributes towards your productivity, your energy, your mood and, most importantly, your health. The amount of sleep you get regularly can have extreme effects on your health, so forming a sleep schedule that cooperates with your day to day life is crucial.
Many people think that the number of hours is the only thing that matters when it comes to resting, but the hours don’t necessarily matter if they aren’t in the right time period. Most people between the ages of 17 – 60 need between 7 – 9 hours of sleep every night; but sleeping from 3am until midday won’t leave you feeling well-rested. The deepest sleep is achieved between 10pm and 2am, after that your sleep is more superficial and even with a full 7 – 9 hours, you may still feel fatigued in the morning if you miss all of those initial 4 hours.
When you decide to wake up depends on your lifestyle. 5:30 is a time that gets thrown around a lot; waking up at 5:30 can help to discipline your mindset, it also gives you a longer morning in which you can fit extra work, exercise or any other activity you decide to undertake in those early hours. Personally, I would recommend waking anywhere between 5:30 – 7:30, depending on what time you go to sleep and how many hours you need, this gives you enough time to achieve a handful of tasks before starting work, plus you will feel great knowing you have achieved all those things before you may have even been awake some days!
Another asset that adds to a good quality of sleep is the darkness of the room you sleep in. To achieve the best possible sleep you need complete darkness – your brain knows to wake up when there is light, hence why some people wake up as soon as any light slips into their room. If you are sleeping in a light room your brain will never fall completely asleep therefore having difficulty getting to the state of R.E.M (rapid eye movement – a term used for the phase you are in during your deepest sleep).
All of these assets add up to having a good nights sleep. Having a schedule that repeats the same cycle everyday gives your brain a pattern to follow and after a while your body will know exactly when to sleep and when to wake, leaving you feel revitalised and energised for your day!