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Interrupted Sleep? Might As Well Not Get Any, Says New Study

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If there’s one thing you don’t want to do, it’s mess with my sleep. Ever. I turn into a crazy psycho woman when woken up. We’ve all had run-ins with disrespectful roommates, snoring spouses, and restless newborns, and when it comes to either kicking them to the curb or having yet another sleepless night, we all know which option is on the more tempting side.

But if you thought that when you graduated from college and the all-nighters that came with those days that you’d start repaying your body with some sleep – interrupted or not – you were mistaken.

According to a new study, if your sleep is interrupted, it’s almost as bad for your body as getting no sleep at all. No matter how long you lay in bed for, if you are consistently woken up and fall back to sleep, your body is really only getting about four hours of recuperation and nothing more.

But if you’re looking to break this cycle of sleepless nights and give your body the necessary rest it needs, there are a few steps you can take.

The first is probably the hardest, which is setting a regular sleep-wake schedule. It’s important for your body to get in a rhythm of feeling drowsy at a certain time of night and feeling rejuvenated in the morning, and while it’s often tempting to slip in an extra hour of TV at night here and an extra two or three of sleeping-in there, these little adjustments to your schedule are actually making it harder for you to get a full-night’s sleep.

And while napping almost always seems like a great idea after a restless night, but if you’re consistently taking naps that last over an hour, you’re actually hurting your chances of having a good night’s rest, leaving yourself less tired come bedtime.

After a long day of activity, excitement and maybe even one of those forbidden naps, how can you expect your body to catch up with your mind and get some sleep? Try completely unplugging an hour before you go to sleep – turn off the TV, set aside your phone, step away from the computer – and read a book or try a quick and relaxing yoga routine to get your chi in order.

At The Hawk, Glenn and I get up early with you for your morning commute, so we understand your struggles. Don’t be a slave to your sleep and get the rest your body deserves tonight!

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