With the clocks having just changed, talking about our body clocks seems only appropriate. Your body clock allows you to regulate between day and night. It regulates timing of periods of sleepiness and wakefulness throughout the day synchronising the sleep cycle therefore enabling you to sleep when you’re supposed to be sleeping, rather than sleeping all day.
Our biological clocks drive our circadian rhythms; physiological and behavioural processes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle. These processes include sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, body temperature and other bodily functions.
Sleep is essential for your health and wellbeing; it allows your body to repair itself & rejuvenate, increases your energy and concentration, can reduce stress & improve mood and can have several other health benefits.
It is therefore really important to listen to your body. Stay in tune with your body clock. Sleep when you’re tired. Don’t overdo it. Allow time to care for yourself and your body.
Tips to help you sleep:
– avoid napping
– avoid eating too close to sleep
– avoid stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol too close to bedtime
– ensure adequate light exposure
– make sure you ‘unwind’ from work before you go to bed
– associate your bed with sleep: try not to watch TV/ read/ listen to the radio in your bed