Why You Should Definitely Go to Bed Earlier
By Genevieve Cunningham
Most kids have a bedtime. Generally, small kids have very early bedtimes, and that bedtime gets later as we get older. By the time we’re adults, we don’t really adhere to any specific bedtime at all. We get up when we have to, and go to bed whenever we feel like it. While this is sometimes necessary and certainly brings a bit of freedom to our lives, it might be time to rethink our bedtime habits. More specifically, it might be time to reconsider your bedtime. If you don’t stick to a specific routine, take a look at these reasons to set a bedtime and stick with it.
Because Poor Rest Leads to Poor Health
Whether you go to bed at eight or ten or sometime past midnight, you probably still have to wake up early in the morning for work or school. What does this mean? It means you’re not getting enough rest! And poor rest always leads to poor health. When you don’t get enough sleep, you may notice headaches, aches and pains, more illness, and a wealth of other negatives. Setting a bedtime may help you get more rest, and thus decrease your risk of certain health problems.
Because It Affects Our Moods
This is no surprise. When we don’t get enough sleep, we often feel moody. Everything irritates us and we are constantly agitated. If you know what time you’re going to bed, you may be able to get more overall sleep and level out your moods a bit. This will positively affect your life, and even better, it may positively affect those who are around you all day long.
Because Our Bodies Like Schedules
Like it or not, our bodies and minds actually like schedules. They respond well to routine, and they are more efficient when they have a certain schedule to follow. Erratic schedules can leave us feeling excessively fatigued and heighten the risk of various health issues. By setting up a good schedule, you lower these risks and leave your health in better condition than ever.
Even if you can’t stick to your bedtime every single night, there is still good reason to set up a good schedule. Your body needs it, craves it, and will be much better off with a set routine. Set yourself a regular bedtime, and do your best to stick with it. You may find that your health improves greatly when you finally start getting the rest you need.
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