For Better Sleep, Stick to a Consistent Bedtime

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

Healthy sleeping habits are more important than most people realize. To get on track: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. To rest your body properly, sleeping enough hours is just one part of the equation. Consistency is key as well. Here's some tips:

  • Inconsistent sleep times can impair your circadian rhythm, even if you get the recommended seven hours a night. This can make you less alert and more drowsy.

  • Try to avoid going to bed more than 30 minutes earlier or later than your usual bedtime. Research shows it can raise your resting heart rate (RHR) during sleep and into the next day. A higher RHR may negatively impact heart health.

  • Irregular sleep patterns are also linked to obesity, hypertension, and heart disease. 

  • It’s perfectly OK to stay up late on occasion, but try to focus on improving the average of your sleep behaviors.