Your body is a 24-hour machine, so having routines that sync your internal clock to the current season has a massive impact on your ability to tolerate stress, energy levels, and whether you can fall and stay asleep.
At the end of the day sleeping is like landing a plane, not flicking a switch, so have a routine that starts 2-3 hours before bedtime.
Whether you bounce out of bed or take a few hours to warm-up, have a routine for the first few hours of the day.
Most of the time my routine includes:
|⏱️||Waking up and going to bed at roughly the same time (even if I’m late to bed and a bit dusty I resist the urge to sleep in).|
|🍳||Having breakfast on my front deck which gets the morning sun, and avoiding bright light in the evening.|
|🏃||Doing something every morning to get my body moving, even if it's only 5-10 minutes of yoga.|
|🌙||Not eating after 7pm.|
So where does sleep sit on your priority list?
When it comes to stress, performance and health, consistent quality sleep is number one, but it's the first to be sacrificed for a deadline, night out, or our work.
That's fine in the short-term but realise there's always a biological cost.
How much? That depends on whether you have daily habits that minimise the price and stop a short-term thing becoming a long-term problem.