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What impact does a regular bedtime routine have on your sleep?

Whether you are a new parent begging your newborn to sleep or struggling to shut your brain off to fall asleep, we have all experienced sleep problems. Luckily, you can take a few steps to make sleep easier. These readers highlight the importance of a regular bedtime routine and some examples of how yours could look.

Chel Gacrama

Chel Gacrama

Chel Gacrama, Content Editor at Castnoble.

Top Three Impacts of a Regular Bedtime Routine

Regular bedtime routines improve sleep quality in many ways:

First, it helps you fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep longer. This will help you get the most restful and restorative sleep possible, which will make you feel rested when you wake up in the morning and be more productive throughout your day.

Second, it helps you stay awake and alert during the day. When you’re tired, it’s harder to concentrate on tasks at work or school and this can lead to mistakes that could lead to accidents or injuries at work or school.

A regular bedtime routine can help keep you from falling asleep in the middle of a class or a meeting, so that when you finally do fall asleep, it’s easier for your body to get through the night without feeling groggy or sleepy throughout the day.

Finally, a regular bedtime routine can help improve your overall mood by giving yourself time each night to wind down after a long day of work or school. This will allow for more relaxation and less stress at home, which can help reduce anxiety levels as well as promote better overall health habits like eating a healthier diet and getting enough exercise.

Carl Walsh

Carl Walsh

Carl Walsh is a sleep specialist and owner of Bed Guru.

Helps Your Brain to Wind Down For Sleep

Building yourself a bedtime routine helps your brain understand that it’s time to wind down and go to sleep. By consistently following a routine, your body will recognize these sleepy cues and help you drift off to sleep much easier. Setting your phone aside, turning down the lights, and relaxing in bed with a book are some healthy habits that you could work into your bedtime routine.

Vanessa Osorio

Vanessa Osorio

Vanessa Osorio is a sleep health content specialist and certified sleep coach at Sleepopolis.

Helps Establish a Normal Sleep-Wake Pattern

A regular bedtime routine is amazing for your sleep. Going to bed and waking up around the same time every night can work wonders and sets you up for a healthier and more restorative sleep cycle.

This also helps establish a normal circadian rhythm – the body’s sleep-wake cycle. Those who follow a bedtime routine are more likely to go to sleep earlier, fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer.

One should also consider creating a relaxing bedtime routine such as journaling, meditating, taking a warm bath or shower, [or] reading a book as this helps the brain produce melatonin, the sleep hormone.

Deniz Efe

Deniz Efe

Deniz Efe, Founder of FitnessEquipped.

A Regular Bedtime Routine Helps Circadian Rhythms

It will impact our physical and mental behavior as well as our well-being in general throughout the day. Because a regular 24-hour cycle of light and dark impacts all living beings – humans, plants, etc.

More productive hours will be possible because you get a deeper and more recharging sleep. The deep sleep phases will be easier to get into and will occur more often during the span of the sleeping time. The REM sleep phase will be positively impacted as well.

The body and mind will be able to have a much more balanced emotional demeanor because all the influences throughout the day were possible to get processed. In comparison to people who didn’t get enough sleep and tend to be more emotional throughout the day because of the lack of getting into the mentioned sleep phases as frequently as it would be necessary.

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