It’s 2 pm, and you are ready for a nap.  Last night you stayed up til 1 am again, and your alarm reminded you that it was time to be getting ready for the day at 5:30.  You hit snooze twice and finally wake up 15 minutes before you need to be out the door.

You are exhausted, irritable, and unproductive simply because you have not been getting sufficient sleep.

Will all of us have days like this?  Most likely.  However, those days should be exceptions instead of every day occurrences.

With back to school around the corner, please be sure that your children are getting sufficient sleep.  It will help them to focus on school and may help avoid illness.  No matter what your age, sufficient sleep is vital for your immune system, and going to bed early is one important factor in getting enough rest at night.

Going to bed early has numerous benefits, and we will discuss five of them in today’s blog post.

1.  An early bed time will help you to wake up in the morning. 

There are fewer things more frustrating than not waking up on time in the morning.  It makes you feel rushed, behind, and unproductive.  When you wake up late, it seems as though most of your day is already gone.

Beginning your day well with the proper wake up time begins by an early bedtime!

2.  Going to bed early is a habit.  

It is a habit just like going to bed late.  Going to bed late two or three nights in a row can create an unhealthy habit which can lead to sleep deprivation.

Everything you do in life is creating habits, and habits are difficult, though not impossible, to break.

3.  An early bedtime can help prevent late-night snacking.

Late-night snacking can lead to poor sleep quality since your body is digesting food instead of resting.  In addition, late-night snacking can easily lead to unwanted weight gain.

If you are asleep by 9 pm, you won’t be snacking!

4.  The most restorative sleep is before midnight.  

By going to bed at a early hour, you can maximize the quality of your sleep.  Sleeping from midnight til 8 am is not as healthy as sleeping from 9 pm til 5 am, even though you are sleeping the same number of hours.

Experts say that any sleep before midnight is three times more restorative than sleep after midnight.

5.  Going to bed early is good for your health. 

Even better than avoiding snacking late at night, an early bedtime is overall healthy.  Going to bed early means that you can wake up early and accomplish everything you need to do (or most of it, anyway, for those of us who make very long to-do lists) without stressing out.

“But I have so much to do!” you say.  Of course there may be exceptions, but I have learned the hard way that it’s vital to prioritize my to-do list because when lack of sleep becomes the norm, I become ill.

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