Understand your body’s chemistry
Circadian rhythms are influenced by your environment. This includes light exposure, which adjusts your body clock and suppresses the release of melatonin, a natural hormone that signals to your body that it’s time to sleep, according to Charles Czeisler, director of the division of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School. That’s one reason people find it easier to get up in the summer, when the sun rises earlier, he explains.
Create a sleep routine and stick to it
Your body will appreciate a sleep schedule it can get used to. “Go to bed at the same time and do the same activities every night before bed,” Heidi Connolly, MD, chief of pediatric sleep medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center told webmd.com. “Your body is getting a cue that it’s time to fall asleep.” Here are eight little changes you can make now for a better night’s sleep tonight.