The body has a natural rhythm or routine, in alignment with nature’s daily clock. It is best if we follow this natural course called the Circadian Rhythm. However many of us, especially youngsters, do not honour mealtimes and bedtimes. It is difficult to adhere to them in certain situations but we can do our best to ensure that we stick to the natural timelines that are best for our health and overall well-being. One of the most crucial aspects that is ignored is sleeping and waking up on time. Some stay up late for relaxing or watching TV shows or for completing the day’s unfinished work. Many do not sleep on time because they do not have a set waking-up time.. This throws off one’s body clock by delaying the waking-up time or reducing the hours and quality of sleep. This in turn, affects one’s appetite, digestion, mood, concentration and so many other elements that are crucial for functioning and being well. Therefore following one’s body clock and ensuring that you wake up, eat, rest and sleep on time is important for maintaining integral health.

Mid-week Practice: Reducing screen time for better sleep

Try to reduce the time that you spend looking at your phone or other electronic device. After work, do not turn to your phone for relaxing. Instead, go for a walk or indulge in a hobby. Stay away from your devices especially before sleeping at night, since the light will reduce your quality of sleep and will make it harder for you to fall asleep. Write, read, draw, paint, talk or listen to some soothing music.

Reduce your unnecessary screen time during the day as well. This will reduce distractions, help you concentrate better, finish your day’s work on time and facilitate going to bed on time. When you feel like taking a break, get up and stretch, look at the sky, admire simple elements in your surroundings or smell a flower, instead of spending time on your phone. Set aside a time for responding to messages and dealing with notifications, so that you don’t keep doing it throughout the day.

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