I’M AL­WAYS TIRED. I KNOW I SHOULD GO TO BED EAR­LIER, BUT I FIND IT HARD TO FALL ASLEEP WHEN I DO. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Women's Health (South Africa) - - WE HEAR YOU -

AN­SWER So many of us find it hard to balance our in­ter­nal clock with our work sched­ule, right? Well, a new study links late nights to high blood pres­sure, di­a­betes and even an in­creased risk for pre­ma­ture death. Crea­ture of the night, take note: it’s time to start chang­ing your habits. The first step is to ad­just your bed­time sub­tly. Get into the sheets 15 min­utes ear­lier each day. Soon enough you’ll be get­ting sleepy about an hour ear­lier than usual. Also, tak­ing the guess­work out of din­ner and get­ting it ready fast pre­vents de­layed meal­times (bonus: this helps you beat snack­ing too!), which will then im­pact your bed­time. Do your meal prep on week­ends so you can heat up or bake your din­ner while you’re in the shower. Night, night.

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