Why routine can help you sleep

If you don’t sleep well, chances are, it has never occurred to you that a lack of daily routine could be to blame. After all, isn’t variety supposed to be the spice of life? Well, not according to your body clock it isn‘t. In addition, following a routine can make you feel calm and relaxed, thus promoting restful sleep.

You might already be aware that going to bed at a set time each night can help you fall asleep more easily. Your circadian rhythm, otherwise known as your body clock, responds well to behaviors that take place within a similar time frame on a regular basis. However, the needs of your body clock are not restricted to your bedtime routine, as activities you repeat at a similar time during the day can also help keep your internal clock in good shape.

The type of behaviors you might benefit from carrying out at regular times include habits such as when you take a break during the day or bathe during the evening. In addition, physical activity, including exercise, domestic chores and going out to socialize are best kept to a timely routine.

If you have children who experience problematic sleep, making sure that they stick to a regular routine can help them, and probably your mood immensely. Studies show that toddlers and infants fall asleep faster and for longer periods when they follow a routine. At the same time, having a regular bedtime and pre-sleep schedule can help children feel protected and calm.

Sleep specialists suspect that adults also feel more secure and peaceful when they carry out a routine. People who engage in behavior that their psyche and body expects can literally put their mind at rest.

It’s thought that engaging in a routine can help internal chatter quieten-down, as you let go of troubling thoughts for a while. If you have worries and concerns, it’s likely that they can wind you up until you are agitated when you let your mind run. However, carrying out an expected task can take your mind off unwanted thoughts while you concentrate on what you are doing.

Once you have developed a set routine to follow, you will find that a good night’s sleep naturally fits into your schedule in a healthy way. Carrying out behaviors and habits when your system expects you to can make sleeping less of a struggle and help you relax and unwind.

References:   http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/circadian-rhythm-disorders-cause

http://www.journalsleep.org/ViewAbstract.aspx?pid=27454

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Bridget Webber’s background rests in mental health, counselling, hypnotherapy, NLP and art. She brings knowledge from her experiences into her writing and specializes in emotional wellness and the creation of, rather than search for, joy. You can catch up with her insights and musings on Twitter.

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