Up until some time last year, early nights were pretty much unheard of for me. I would study late at night when I was at uni or watch YouTube videos until the early hours of morning. I wouldn't go to sleep until around 2am, then I'd struggle to wake up at a reasonable time the next day. However, this year I've started making an effort to change into my PJs and get into bed by around 10pm, and it's had such a positive influence on my life!
Ready to face the day!
Studies show that, on average, we need around 7-9 hours of sleep to function properly the next day, and I've discovered that I'm one of those people that needs at least 9 hours of sleep. Going to bed early means that I actually feel rested when I wake up, and I'm more alert and ready to face the day the next day. I also find that I'm more motivated, energetic and able to tackle more complex tasks at work.
Better mood :)
I have found that getting a good night's sleep is a great way of boosting my mood the next day! Getting a good night's sleep helps me to feel happier and have a more positive outlook on life in general.
I've touched on this in previous blog posts, but I'm naturally quite an anxious person - especially when I'm tired! Going to bed early means I generally feel calmer the next day and am less likely to feel overwhelmed when things don't go as planned.
A good night's sleep is particularly helpful, especially for headache sufferers. I find that lack of sleep can often trigger a headache or migraine during the day, and this alone is a great reason to go to bed early.
Are you a night owl, or do you prefer your early nights?
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