Think sleeping in solves your sleep woes? It doesn’t, i’m sorry to say.

Evidence shows:

Sleep wake cycle olivia arezzolo sleep specialist
  • You need to maintain the same sleep schedule for optimal quality sleep

  • This article in peer reviewed journal BMC Public Health found that an irregular sleep schedule causes:

    • an inability to get to sleep, stay asleep and enhances feelings of fatigue throughout the day

    • the more erratic it is, the more pronounced the effects are. 

  • The research also shows that even just one night of an altered sleep schedule decreases cognitive and psychological functioning:

    • you’re more likely to feel flat

    • mentally foggy

    • lack concentration

    • become irritated

    • feel stressed

As this research in peer reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives highlights, hormones to regulate your energy levels work on a 24 hour circadian clock, termed your sleep-wake cycle.

Like a see-saw, when your body produces sufficient wake promoting hormones like serotonin, during the day, this allows for the maximum production of the sleep promoting hormones, such as melatonin and GABA, in the evening.

If your daytime wake promoting hormone production is delayed, as will the evening sleep promoting hormones. Translated, if you wake up later, you’re less tired in the evening.

My advice?