How to reset your body clock for a better nights sleep

Updated: Sep 20

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Night Owl or Skylark?

Whether you are a night owl or skylark, struggle to get good quality sleep or sleep like a baby, you have an inbuilt sleep pattern, an internal body clock that regulates when to wake and when to sleep. This clock gets reset by the presence or absence of natural light. So what do we do, when we now live in a world that never sleeps? We can have light 24/7, we are in front of light-emitting screens any time of the day. Even if we could travel across different time zones we would still expect ourselves to be back in sync within a matter of hours and expect our bodies to still know when to wake up and when to sleep when it has not received the write signals at the right time to do it. Yet we still wonder why we feel shattered or more run-down than we feel we should. Meet little owl, a natural nocturnal character who is wide awake at night but prefers to conserve her energy and sleep during the day. I have always been a bit of a night owl myself, so I have always been at my brightest later in the day. Perhaps you are a skylark and love getting up bright and early but by mid-afternoon, your energy is starting to flag. Maybe you are a bit of both and it all depends on what is going on in your life at the time.

Stress and the natural ageing process can also impact your bodies ability to produce the right hormones at the right time to maintain your body's equilibrium even if the body is exposed to the right light levels at the right time. There is no right or wrong pattern and most of us change throughout our lives in response to what is going on around us. This is all a part of life but where we can come unstuck is when we try and fight against our natural body rhythms all the time, keep going and going like a Duracell (other battery manufacturers are available) Bunny or ignore the messages our bodies are trying to tell us. However, if we stop long enough to listen to our bodies. It would be telling us that we really DO need to get enough good quality sleep to function properly to be at our best. Lack of good quality sleep also impacts our immune system too but that is a topic for another day.

The Science bit

Did you know that we have a pea-sized gland in our brain that controls our sleep cycle?

We all strive to achieve balance in our lives. Our bodies are doing the same thing for us all the time. Interpreting external information and then signalling various parts of the body to take action based on the messages received to maintain homeostasis.<