Keeping a consistent sleep schedule is more important that you think. Going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday can help prevent or minimize a myriad of symptoms and illnesses.
This is because your body has its own internal clock known as “circadian rhythm.” It’s a 24 hour cycle that responds to hormones, light and darkness, and regulates important bodily functions such as heart rate and blood pressure. When your body’s circadian rhythm is disrupted, not only can it affect your sleep-cycle, but it also impacts your health. An abnormal circadian rhythm has been associated with major health problems including obesity, diabetes, depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and more will likely be discovered. Biochemical links are being better understood as research is continues.
No need to wait for all the data–better to get yourself on a regular sleep schedule ASAP. I recommend sleeping and waking up within the same 1-2 hour window every day, even on the weekends. Need tips to fall asleep? Read this before you set your alarm and remember to go easy on the snooze button in the morning. Sleep tight and sweet dreams!