Nocturnal vs. Diurnal Sleep Cycles

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Staying up late 224x300 Nocturnal vs. Diurnal Sleep CyclesHave you ever laid awake in bed at night trying to sleep but you just can’t? I find myself using the excuse that I am a nocturnal being and I’m not designed to sleep at night. Some of you may agree to feeling this way while you try to doze off into sleep.

The truth is the reason why I lay awake is that I always have my smart phone handy next to me and not because I suffer from a sleep disorder such as insomnia. There is enough technology to keep you wired up all night whether you’re working or just Facebooking like me.


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We all have our excuses for burning the midnight oil and consequently waking up late in the day thus causing more health problems that we can imagine. I find it unconvincing when people say they work their best late at night. However the truth is far from it. Those who stay up late at night have a very unproductive day and might experience lethargy. By our physiological design, we are diurnal creatures, which means we are meant to function at optimum levels during the day.

There are several health benefits associated with rising with the sun, and resting when it goes down. Researchers have shown a positive correlation between high stress and sleeping late. Try it, if you are feeling increasingly stressed due to work pressure wake up early in the morning and walk bare footed on morning due covered grass. The abundance of oxygen in the morning will rejuvenate your mind and body as it enriches your blood with oxygen and reduce toxins in the body (smokers take notice!).

Barefoot On The Grass 300x289 Nocturnal vs. Diurnal Sleep CyclesMore over, walking on grass has proven to be very helpful with ailing joint aches and arthritis. Since you are up in the morning it is also recommended to have a hearty breakfast as it is the most important meal off the day and greatly helps to enhance metabolism.

In order to achieve the early morning bliss, leave your books, laptop, or smart phones out of the bed room. Your bed should be associated with sleep and rest. When you wake up in the morning, immediately open the curtains and enjoy the warm rays of the sun. I will end this article with a famous quote, early to bed, early to rise, makes one healthy and wise. 

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