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Our sleep/wake cycle in one of the most primitive mechanisms in the body and is so simple. When it’s light we wake up and when it’s dark we go to sleep. However, in recent years many people are finding this simple body clock function is out of sync. This can result in poor quality sleep and waking in the morning feeling unrefreshed.
In order to work out how to reset our body clock we need to know how it works. In the morning the light causes our brain to release a chemical called cortisol, which causes us to be awake and alert. Levels of this hormone decrease as the day goes on and in the evening as it starts to get dark our brain starts the release of melatonin. This helps us feel calm and relaxed and have healthy sleep patterns. As we get to the early hours melatonin levels naturally decrease ready for us to wake up. It seems simple enough, so what’s going wrong?
There are lots of reasons why people suffer from sleep issues, but as many of us spend so much times indoors we have lost that natural connection with the world and light and dark. So here are some simple tips to help you reconnect to the world to support better sleep and daytime energy.
Day time advice
Night time advice