The Science of Good Sleep
I heard someone say the other day that your evening routine matters more than your morning with respect to health, productivity and happiness throughout the day and I have to say I agree.
Certain people who shall remain nameless had (and I'm speaking in past tense to affirm the fact that I have now changed) had the tendency to stay up crazzzzy late on a continual basis. This was in part to get precious me-time but also to try and relax after the insanity that is most evenings with two young kids.
What I have finally cottoned onto though is that the quality of my time in solitude in the evening when compared to the morning is vastly different and the flow on from there even if you're still getting X number of ours sleep. Here's why:
> Melatonin starts being secreted between 9-10pm which makes you sleepy and more prone to making mistakes/getting hurt if you stay awake. Being exposed to blue light from 9pm will disrupt your sleep patterns.
> Between 9pm-5am, your body is balancing, repairing, resting and detoxing your endocrine system, gall bladder, liver and then lungs. If you're not resting/asleep between these times then you compromise your body's ability to be fully energised and well during the day.
> (And this, I just learnt) Dopamine levels drop when you look at blue light between the hours of 11pm-4am.
Obviously it's common sense anyway but it's still pretty cool to consider the science. I find this is especially helpful when combating wayward thoughts about self sabotaging by staying up into the wee ours for what ultimately ends up being no benefit.
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