Maybe you think that sleep is for the losers, but one day, when you have to face some sleeping or insomnia issues, you will get angry with your younger version of having such thoughts about the sleep.
Often your social life is affecting your healthy way of life. Mostly, I’m talking about the sleep. Imagine this:
You have 24 hours during the day and you have to fit in it with all these activities:
Work – 8 hours;
Lunch and dinner – 2 hours;
Shower – half an hour;
Travel time from work and to work – 2 hours;
Some exercises – 1-2 hours;
Cleaning – 1 hour;
Cooking – 1 hour.
So far we have 16 hours of your day, which leaves you with 8 more free hours, which must be used for your beauty and healthy sleep, but what if a friend calls you to hang out or watch a movie or drink tequila shots. No matter what the activity is, it will take you at least one hour, which is one hour less for your healthy sleep. Let’s say that you will take those 1-2 hours of the cleaning and cooking bullets, but the next day, if the same scenario happens, you won’t be able to take the hours from these bullets, you will start to skip exercises, healthy meals and eventually from the sleeping hours.
And it is not only about the quantity of the sleep, it is also about the quality and the habit. You have to make a sleeping schedule. For instance, during work days, if you have to get up at 7 a.m., you should go to bed at 11 p.m. And during weekends, if you have to get up at 9 a.m., you are allowed to get into bed at 12:30 p.m. It’s not the best, but at least you will have a couple of more hours for your social life or some other activities you want to do. But remember this, don’t make the difference between workdays and weekends sleeping schedules more than two hours.
Check out what the researchers found for people whose sleep schedules varied by more than two hours between the weekdays and weekends:
- More likely to have inflammation;
- High blood pressure;
- High blood sugar;
- A bigger chance for stroke;
- A bigger chances of getting type-2 diabetes.
Other bad and unhealthy habits of the unstable sleep schedule are late-night snack or oversleeping a morning workout.
I pity the people who have to work on shifts. I shouldn’t say never, but I hope I would never need to work on shifts, because I value my health too much. I know that it’s not the best idea to set a Monday alarm on Saturday night before bed, but it’s the best for you. But if it happens from time to time to stay up night, just try to compensate with regular eating times and a lot of sunlight in order to adjust your body to the new work week.