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We all know how important it is to get enough sleep, from resetting your stores of energy to minimising stress and even repairing your body after working out. But with busy a week and limited time, how do we make sure we get enough of it?

Your body has certain routines that it wants to keep. Enough sleep is one of these. It is often thought that if we skimp on sleep one day, sleeping the regular 7-8 hours the next day will be enough. However to use an analogy, this would be similar to eating healthy one day and bingeing on ice cream the next – balance is needed for health and so is consistency. To feel your best it is important to eat well and sleep well every night, otherwise your body may be performing at less than optimal levels for a few days until you can catch up on sleep. During the working week, this may simply not be possible, with early starts and a structured routine that may prevent you from catching up on lost sleep until the weekend if you do decide to pull an all nighter. The key is to get enough sleep every day, and something that might help you achieve this is a routine.

 In the end, what you want is an organised routine for your working week, to help you feel in control and on top of things. You want to feel like you are on a roll to have the motivation to keep up the habits you are trying to develop. 

Early work starts often mean the parameter for how much sleep you get resides in the time you head to bed. To optimise this, plan your bedtime by setting an alarm an hour or so beforehand to remind yourself that it is time to wind down and prepare for rest. A meditation, reading a chapter of a book or simply brushing your teeth and doing a few stretches can all be adequate before-bed routines. 

Furthermore, keeping up strong and healthy routines around sleep can help you feel more structured and organised in your day and aid you in meeting your other goals. It becomes a keystone habit, or a habit that can lead to other positive behavioural patterns and help you to maintain your goals. Having structure in other areas of your life such as in a lunchtime delivery service, can help you to maintain routines in other areas of your life such as around sleep. Personal training and regular structured exercise are other areas that can lead to positive keystone habits, and something Transform Health can aid with.

In the end, what you want is an organised routine for your working week, to help you feel in control and on top of things. You want to feel like you are on a roll to have the motivation to keep up the habits you are trying to develop.