How to Fix a Messed-Up Sleep Schedule

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We all know how important sleep is to your health. Without enough of it, you’ll be at an increased risk for obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and other health problems … and that’s not to mention how crummy you’ll feel.

That’s why it can be so discouraging when something—like jet lag or big life events that require you to stay up late—comes along and messes up your sleep schedule. Suddenly, you’re staying up late and having a hard time getting up in the morning … not fun. So here’s a guide for how to fix it.

Don’t Nap

As tempting as it may be to take a mid-day nap when you haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep, do your best not to, as it can make it harder to fall asleep at night.

Move Your Body

Exercising regularly is a great way to reset your internal clock and encourage your body to produce melatonin, the hormone that controls the sleep-wake cycle.

Set the Scene

If you’re having a hard time falling asleep at night, try making sure your environment is properly calibrated for good sleep. Maintain a cool bedroom temperature, get relaxed, and make sure it’s quiet.