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Sleep Rules for the Weekend

By Stepy Kamei

I know, I know -- the last word you want to see associated with "weekend" is "rules". However, when it comes to your health throughout the entire week, it's important that you keep a healthy schedule with good habits even through the weekend. It's ultimately beneficial for every aspect of your well-being, and you'll be grateful that you're able to stick with a healthy routine on a continual basis. One of the most important aspects of your well-being, feeling rested, is determined by how well you sleep. Therefore, it's crucial to focus on getting a good night's sleep by relying on strong sleep hygiene patterns. Keep on reading to pick up some helpful advice on how to improve and maintain your sleep hygiene, especially during the weekends, when it can be easy to let go of your positive habits built throughout a week of work.

Stick to a Sleep Schedule

One of the greatest joys of the weekend is the promise of being able to sleep in. However, have you ever slept way later than you normally do, and ended up feeling groggy and fatigued throughout the rest of the day? You may have brushed it off as leftover tiredness from a stressful week at work, but the truth is that waking up at a wildly different time than you normally do can actually be detrimental to your energy levels. It may seem like a good idea to "catch up" on any sleep you missed out on during the week, but in reality this isn't something your body can actually do. 

Instead, it's best to sleep in an additional hour, maybe two, at most, but it's best to wake up as close to your normal time as possible, even on days when you don't need to get to work. This is because the body responds very well to routine. While it may feel a bit tiring the first two weekends you try this, you'll more than likely notice an improvement in your energy levels throughout the entire week going forward.

Stay Active

Another way to stick to a healthy sleep schedule all week long is to make sure you're staying physically active, especially on weekends. Going for walks every day, or even regularly visiting the gym, can make all the difference when it comes to not only boosting your energy during the daytime, but also helping you wind down and sleep at a reasonable hour at night. 

For more information on how to get proper sleep, consult with your primary healthcare provider. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Monroe, La.

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