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Starting back to school is hard! Why not make life easier with a great night's sleep?

When we have a restful night's sleep our body is able to cope with stress better, our pain is reduced and our thinking is more clear.

With so many benefits it makes sense to start with a supportive sleep routine when we go to change our habits for the school year.

So what can we do to make our sleep more supportive?

I'm going to give you a few tips that I use to improve my sleep habits.

One of the simplest, yet sometimes most challenging, habits I associate with supportive sleep is waking and going to bed at the same time each day.

It can be very challenging to get up or go to bed within an hour of the same time each day. But by doing this we offer our body consistency. Our bodies begin to know when and what to expect so it can better prepare itself for the day ahead. Just like with a newborn baby, setting a healthy sleep schedule can improve other functions like digestion and stress levels. Look at your schedule and plan out how you can be in bed for at least 8 hours. Include time for your morning and evening sleep routine.

Once you have decided what time works for your schedule to wake up and go to bed you can then decide what routines you would like to build around your waking and sleeping time.