Why Being A Night-Owl Can Have A Serious Effect On Your Health
Do you class yourself as a Night-Owl? Are you all the more productive when it’s dark outside and the whole world is asleep? (Apart from all the other Night-Owls, of course!).
There are a few annoying things that come along with being a Night-Owl, such as the standard 9-5 jobs that mean you have to work on minimal hours sleep. Then there’s coffee, which can often be relied on a little too much to get you through the day.
Because sleep remains incredibly important for our brains to recover and remove toxins, lack of can have serious effects on our mental health. We rely on our Circadian rhythms to govern our body temperature, appetite and more importantly hormone regulation, so when it falls out of sync it has a number of repercussions.
Our levels of dopamine and serotonin are dictated by our circadian rhythms, and so when we have sleep disturbances it can lead to an imbalance of hormones that are even associated with bipolar and schizophrenia.
While studying those who class themselves as ‘night-owls’, researchers also found that those who stay up late are more likely to suffer from depression.
Although being a Night-Owl now, doesn't mean you’re fated to be a Night-Owl forever!
Being a Night-Owl is more common through the teenage years, and as people approach their early 50s, people tend to switch back to being a morning person.
How To Get Out Of Being A Night-Owl
1. Stop drinking water
It's an hour before you want to fall asleep, and around the time you should stop drinking water (or any liquid for that matter). Being woken up throughout the night to use the bathroom can disturb your sleep cycles and prevent you from falling into a deep sleep, having to start the cycle again when you get back into bed.
Make sure you drink the amount of water you need to in the day, and less in the evening. That way, you’re less likely to be disturbed in the night for a bathroom break!
2. Switch off
Surprisingly, our cycles are still naturally controlled by the sun. Our habits, sleeping patterns, and daily activities have always been determined by daylight (or lack of). The lower lighting of the evening initiates melatonin secretion (the hormone that helps you sleep) which helps our bodies signal it’s time for bed and settle down for the night.
But this was when our only light source was the sun.
Now, the blue light which emits from our phone mimics daylight, which messes up with hour melatonin production and therefore affects your sleeping patterns by tricking your brain into thinking it's daytime.
Making sure you switch off your phone or laptop and avoid blue screens as much as you can before you nod off, is key to making sure you fall asleep as naturally and as fast as possible.
Similarly, looking at social media or your emails stimulates your brain which keeps it active and awake. You’re also much more likely to worry and overthink things, so make sure you switch off from the outside world for at least an hour before you plan to nod off.
3. Use your essential oils
You're now in bed, you've successfully avoided screens, spent time washing the dishes and doing yoga, it's now time to apply your Pure Rest Essential Oil Roller.
Armed with this, you'll be struggling to stay awake! Scientifically formulated to help you unwind, relax and fall into a restful sleep, this roller will promote a feeling of calm and have you snoozing in no time at all.
The balance of Lavender, Cedarwood, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang oils makes this one of the most effective natural alternatives to sleeping medication. The soporific blend promotes relaxation and induces the release of serotonin, converting melatonin and promoting sleep.
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