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Changing Your Sleep Pattern
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Changing Your Sleep Pattern

So I began a research project on sleep. I have learned that it is important to get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. In fact, sleeping at night is recommended by most sleep experts. (Although sleeping during the day is fine as long as you can get quality uninterrupted sleep) Also, sleeping more than 8 hours a day can be unhealthy. But how do you go about changing your sleep pattern? Especially if you wake yourself up at night? Then, cannot seem to stay awake during the day?

Sleep provides vital functions for us. Sleep helps to rejuvenate the body. Sleep helps us to let go of the day and to even get rid of the stress of the day. Sleep also helps us to merge all of the new things we learned during the day. Sleep is something that we cannot go without, at least not for long. Many of us can have the occasional night without sleep, but always suffer the consequences of it, the next day.

I have known several people who do get the magical 8 hours per night of restful sleep. These people make sleep going to sleep each night, at the same time, with a “going to bed” routine, a priority. Many of them take a shower or bath, brush their teeth, take time to get dressed in comfortable pajamas, and then take time to relax. They read a book, meditate, ponder on restful subjects, and let go of the day. They also get up in the morning at the same time. They also have a “wake up” routine. This routine is one where they take time to wake up, take a shower or bath (if they did not the night before), get dressed, have breakfast, plan their day and go to work or do what ever needs to be done that day.

These people make a point of being active during the day, eating a healthy diet, drinking lots of water, and either: working, taking care of their children, having projects to keep them awake, or a combination of all three. These people all know that sleeping 8 hours helps them to accomplish all of these things during the day.

Now, to change a habit or to start a new one, you must do the same action consecutively for 21 days. When I first heard that, I thought, 21 days…no problem. 21 days is not as short as I first thought. Also, changing habits are not easy either. I do not go to bed the same time each day, or have a set bedtime routine. My routine changes with each day. Also, I get up a different time each day. I am also famous for pressing the snooze button, over and over. Many times, I get up do what needs to be done, and then go back to sleep.

I know that a lot of this is caused by my depression. I feel as though I do not want to start the day, or that there is nothing to look forward to. I also wake up at night because of nightmares, or noises that I hear. I am a light sleeper and the smallest noise can wake me up.

So, how to change my sleep pattern? One, set a bedtime and wake up time. Create my own bedtime and wake up routine. Use these routines each day. Stick all of these for 21 days, and create a new good habit. During the day, eat a healthy diet, drink lots of water, and exercise. Also, work during the day, and plan other meaningful activities I will want to do. (Writing will be one of them) Next, I am going to research dreams, light sleep, how to stay asleep if you are a light sleeper. Those topics will be covered in my next article. My research project on sleep continues…to all of you I wish a healthy sleep pattern and sweet dreams.


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