Balance Your Sleep to Improve Your Health

Woman Turning Off Alarm to Sleep Late

After a long, stressful week at the office, you’re overjoyed that today is Friday. You can’t wait to go home, enjoy a night on the town, and sleep late tomorrow. In fact, you plan to sleep late all weekend. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. Tired after a grueling week at their workplaces, many people enjoy sleeping a couple of extra hours on weekend mornings. Unfortunately, this seemingly innocent indulgence might actually be harmful to your health. Findings from a research study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh suggest that disruptions in sleep patterns can lead to the development of:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

To prevent succumbing to one or more of these serious health issues, you need to look for ways to improve the balance of your sleep patterns. To initiate this important process, consider starting a sleep diary. Every morning, write down the time you retired to bed the night before and the time you woke up. Write down any naps you take during the day. Be sure to note the times and durations of your naps. By studying your sleep diary, you can detect unwanted fluctuations in your sleep patterns and make needed adjustments to remedy them.

Create a Sleep Diary

In addition to creating a sleep diary, you can improve your sleep balance by sticking to a daily routine regardless of the day of the week. For example, you might want to:

  • Exercise each day during the early afternoon hours
  • Eat dinner at the same time each night
  • Take a shower after dinner every night
  • Brush your teeth after your nightly shower
  • Read a book for thirty minutes before bedtime each night
  • Go to bed at the same time every night

Improving your sleep balance might prove challenging. Some variables in your daily schedule may seem set in stone. However, by sticking to the same sleep schedule every day of the week, you might prevent future health problems.


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