How to Improve Your Circadian Rhythm

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Your circadian rhythm is one of the most important processes your body goes through. This internal process regulates your body’s natural sleep and wake cycle. These are typically 24-hour cycles and are heavily influenced by light and dark. Your circadian rhythm affects many things including hormone release, digestion, eating habits, and your body temperature. This is why it’s so important to have a stable circadian rhythm.

Get a Proper Sleep Schedule

One way to improve your circadian rhythm is to go to sleep and wake up around the same time everyday. This helps your body adjust to and follow a similar pattern each day. You will wake up feeling more refreshed and fall asleep much faster as your circadian rhythm improves!

Pay Attention to Light and Dark

Since your circadian rhythm is highly affected by light and dark, limiting your exposure to light before and during your sleep is really helpful. This means sleeping in a really dark room and not checking your phone before you go to sleep. 

Limit Caffeine

Since caffeine wakes you up, it can really screw up your internal waking and sleeping cycle. Especially if you drink caffeine later in the day, it could be difficult to fall asleep even if your body is ready for bed!