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If you truly want to feel good, perform well, and look amazing forever, you can’t afford to discount the effects of sleep. We have seen perfect diet and exercise plans completely negated by bad sleep. Whether or not we like it, we are diurnal creatures. That means our bodies expect us to sleep 8 or more hours per night, and those 8 hours need to at least loosely coincide with dark/light cycles. Sleeping from 10 PM to 6 AM will be much better for most people than sleeping from 12 PM to 8 AM because the latter is a better match to our natural cortisol rhythms. If you currently stay up too late, you probably won’t be able to simply go to bed 2 hours earlier tonight. You would likely just lay awake, tossing and turning and getting frustrated. Try baby stepping your bed time to a more reasonable hour in increments of 15 or 30 minutes. Making your room as dark as possible and eliminating stimuli like TV, computers, and phones in your last half hour before bed will also be helpful.
It may take some time to adjust to better sleep patterns, so be patient and don’t be too hard on yourself. The good news is that like nutrition and exercise, healthy sleep will make you feel better, even if you don’t think you feel bad now. Sleep tight!